Recently, and I do mean recently, I had been faced with a rather sad conundrum. I love music. That should be rather obvious from my posts (and I know I have been gone a few months but…reasons) and I respect musicians a great deal. But something occurred today that has shaken my very faith in this country.
I was recently flagged for piracy. Now, I assure you that I have paid for my music and I don’t distribute but I do sometimes download albums if I wasn’t sure at first (iTunes is a new jump for me if you can believe it) but then I would delete it and maybe purchase that album later on. Well, I did do this…not anymore. And truly, I should have known better but despite the wrong I did…I have found a very strong flaw in anitpiracy’s agenda.
Now I’m not mad for having been trolled online by someone who is wasting talent on trying to make others lives difficult instead of trying to catch pedophiles and criminals with their skills. No indeed!(sarcasm) I’m angry because the only things this country cares about is catching music downloaders instead of trying to catch people who are actually hurting others. Not to say that catching “pirates” isn’t a reputable profession but unless it involves a Spanish galleon and a Jolly Roger…please try to catch the person who just downloaded child pornography instead of a Sam Smith album!
Now in order to fix my problem I had to talk to several “security techs” who then berated and lectured me for 45 minutes on just how wrong my actions were. Of course I already admitted what I did was wrong yet I felt this…giddiness to them. They were happy to “catch a pirate”. And all the while I thought, “Damn! These people could probably save a life if they would just stop trying to stop me from listening to Godsmack!”
Just to reassure you all, I’m not downloading “illegally” anymore since I don’t think it’s worth it to waste the energy of someone trying to catch coveted IP addresses for the music industry. But seriously, it is very awesome to buy your music. It supports the artists and the industry. If you do pirate, it’s your risk. You’ll have to deal with the same bitches I did! Thank You~!