‘Books are expensive’ has always been my least favorite of the excuses people use when they pirate books. 

Books are, in fact, the most cost effective form of entertainment we have today. In our economy, it’s frequently said that time equals money. If that’s true then let’s break it down. 

Concert Tickets = $120/Concert Time = 3-4 hours – $30-40/hour

Broadway Tickets = $50/Show Time = 2 hours – $25/hour

Movie Tickets = $15-20/Running Time = 1.5-2 hours –$7.50–13.50/hour

Cup of coffee at starbucks = $4.50/drinking time = 1 hour –$4.50/hour

One Young Adult Book (300 Pages) = 17.99/Reading time 5-10 hours – $1.80–3.60/hour

Plus, you get to keep a book forever. If you read it more than once the cost per hour goes down even more. 

So don’t complain that books are expensive. We drop money on these things that expire hours after we buy them and cost much more without a thought. So why do books take the bad rap? Don’t pirate. Buy your books. 

Hollywood’s least-favorite illegal streaming site is back

There is an illegal version of Netflix, and it’s growing stronger. It’s called Popcorn Time — a system that allows you to stream movies in a slick interface that looks just like Netflix’s, except you have access to all of the off-limits goodies. To use it, you’d generally have to install a program that organizes and torrents the movies, but now it’s even easier.

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Last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ was illegally downloaded 2.2 million times in 12 hours.

Congratulations, HBO. Game of Thrones is now the most-pirated TV show on the planet. This week’s episode beat the previous one-day record set by the series’ season four premiere, which registered 1.86 million separate illegal downloads within a 24-hour period following its air date. Not that HBO should be worried.

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November 18th 1720: Calico Jack executed

On this day in 1720, during the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’, the infamous pirate Calico Jack was executed in Jamaica. Born to English parents as John Rackham around 1682, little is known about his early life until he emerged as a feared pirate in the early eighteenth century. Rackham earned the nickname ‘Calico Jack’ due to his penchant for wearing brightly coloured clothes made from Indian Calico cloth. In 1718 he refused a royal pardon, and instead continued as a pirate under his captain Charles Vane. However, after Vane showed cowardice in battle with a French warship, his crew mutinied and chose Rackham as the new captain. Now leading his own crew, Rackham succesfully captured a merchant ship and outwitted Spanish authorities, though was generally not as accomplished a pirate as others like Vane and Blackbeard. Calico Jack took a brief break from piracy, and during this time met two female pirates named Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the former of whom became his lover. In August 1720, Rackham returned to piracy, with the fearsome and foul-mouthed Bonny and Read joining his crew as they ransacked fishermen on the Jamaican coast. In October of that same year, the pirates were discovered by the authorities and captured after a cannon battle; a popular legend holds that the men hid below decks while Bonny and Read fought their attackers. Rackham and his crew were tried and found guilty, though Bonny and Read were spared the noose as they were both pregnant. Calico Jack was executed on November 18th 1720, with his body displayed in a cage on the harbour of Port Royal as a warning to other pirates. Read later died in prison, though Bonny’s fate remains unclear. Rackham is remembered today mainly for popularising the version of the Jolly Roger flag displaying a white skull and crossed swords - which has since become synonymous with pirates - and for his association with the famous Bonny and Read.

“I’m sorry to see you here, but if you had fought like a man, you need not have hanged like a dog”
- Anne Bonny’s alleged last words to Calico Jack

I want to be the MC. To have any Voltage Inc. MC’s life.from any game.

Not for the attractive men, or the convenient love stories. Not for her small frame, perfect body and general convention beauty. I don’t want her unique lifestyle or her job.

I want her friendships that seem to last foreverand help her through her ups and downs. I want a place I feel safe with a family and loved ones just as she always has or find. I want the feeling she has from being wanted, needed, and welcomed everywhere. I want my hard work noticed and appreciated for what it’s worth. I want the ability to know what to say no matter the situation. I want to know a love so profound as she learns.

But I think most of all, I want her problems. They are nothing compared to my real life beyond my phone. She doesn’t talk about having depression or anxiety or really any mental illness. She’s never had a panic attack or period of dissociation. She doesn’t go to the doctors every month check in or have to get evaluated by a team of psychiatrist for a diagnoses. She doesn’t take medication so that people find her tolerable and sane. She doesn’t cry herself to sleep because she had to fake a smile all day as to not worry those around her. She never does or even considers self harm. She doesn’t have a bad habits or coping skill like smoking, biting nails or over eating. She never think of what she would include in a suicide note or if she would like to leave one behind. She’s never suicidal or felt like she would die.

I’m terribly jealous of her that. And yet, I still want to be her and Voltage Inc. and other otome games give me that chance. I want to be her so bad I save pennies to justify rewarding myself by buying another route next month so for a few hours I may escape my world to try out her’s.

So when I hear there are people who are demanding free routes or asking for people to pirate them, I’m more upset. Voltage Inc. has done so much for me, and I can image so many other people all over the world. I am not poor, but I certainly don’t really have a disposable income to speak of. But I know every time I buy my $3.99 +tax CDN route that I’m giving back to the people who help me get through my day.

I know my less than 4 dollars is being spilt up between a group of hard workers who put tireless hours into something that has changed my life positively. That my little dent in my wallet is putting food on someone else’s table as compensation for their work.

I’m not going to make the point I’ve seen else where and tell someone not buy coffee for a day to be afford a route. I know if you’re anything like me, you never had the money to buy the coffee in the first place. I’m telling you there are other ways to go about it. Voltage Inc. Party routes, Sweet Cafe (bonus games everything you buy money, who wouldn’t do that), other otome games are available beyond Voltage Inc. which are amazing in their own right.

If people keep stealing from Voltage Inc., then they are stealing from my life to the little glimmer of hope every night as I read a chapter before bed. They steal every chance on the weekend I can queue up this blog with fandom inspired creations from people who love the stories too. They steal from me, from other fans of the Voltage Inc.brand and future fans. The more people steal from them, the more likely they well be forced charge more to make up for the losses or just stop business because their giving away free model is unprofitable.

Please, this is not a victimless crime. I’m not asking you to pity me or anyone. Just realize that every time you steal, demanding free or pirated games you are not just getting a free game, you are just pushing the costs elsewhere.
  • Reason:When it looked like Comedy Central wasn’t going to rerun [an episode involving a bleeding statue of the Virgin Mary], people were still able to download it illegally online. Did you see that as a victory for free speech, or did you think, “My God, these people are stealing our intellectual property”?
  • Stone:We’re always in favor of people downloading. Always.
  • Reason:Why?
  • Stone:It’s how a lot of people see the show. And it’s never hurt us. We’ve done nothing but been successful with the show. How could you ever get mad about somebody who wants to see your stuff?
  • Parker:We worked really hard making that show, and the reason you do it is because you want people to see it....
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The Pirate Book

Project from Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska is a book that examines the history and culture of media piracy:

This work offers a broad view on media piracy as well as a variety of comparative perspectives on recent issues and historical facts regarding piracy. It contains a compilation of texts on grass­roots situations whose stories describe strategies developed to share, distribute and experience cultural content outside of the confines of local economies, politics or laws. These stories recount the experiences of individuals from India, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mali and China. The book is structured in four parts and begins with a collection of stories on piracy dating back to the invention of the printing press and expanding to broader issues (historical and modern anti­piracy technologies, geographically­ specific issues, as well as the rules of the Warez scene, its charters, structure and visual culture…).

You can find out more here which includes links to order physical copies or view online.

One of my favourite anecdotes about the first Golden Age of Piracy is that, at one point, Captain Henry Morgan left England in one ship, and arrived in the Caribbean commanding a completely different ship, and nobody knows why. What happened to the first ship and how he acquired the second one are entirely unrecorded.

Hey pirates looking to stream live TV: Your prayers have been answered.

Monday morning, a streaming site called cCloud TV relaunched. Like the pirated-media-streaming app Popcorn Time but for live television, cCloud TV lets you stream up to 500 live channels from across the planet (with a few radio feeds mixed in). It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s real — and highly illegal.

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Please Reblog this!!

This “MultiForm3D” user on Etsy is ripping off my design and refuses to stop. I made this cubone skull design for fun and shared the file through thingiverse under a creative commons non-commercial license. This guy Alex Farlow downloaded it and violated the non-commercial rule by printing it out and selling them. I only found out because a friend on facebook shared a dorkly article that used to link to his store as if it was his creation! (thanks to dorkly for fixing that quickly) Then when I confronted him on etsy messages, he lied saying the license wasn’t non-commercial, then accused me of switching licenses to somehow try and swindle him?

He is stealing my art and selling it! I don’t have money for lawyers and Etsy said they wont stop him unless I do DMCA takedown notices and that would expose me to legal liability? I don’t even have enough money to see doctors I’m like really struggling and this guy is getting rich off my hobby?!

Of course I do not want to have a business relationship with someone who lies to me and accuses me of effectively being a scammer! His store says at the time of writing 1,330 sales of all the things he prints and sells, so if this is one of the most popular he must be ripping me off a lot??

I love Nintendo and Pokemon and I don’t think it’s right to sell plastic toys based on their designs while Nintendo have financial difficulty, which is why I don’t sell this design myself. If you want one of these, get a friend with a 3D printer to do it for you, or if you don’t know any, you can upload the design to shapeways and order it yourself. Don’t give money to people who rip off indie artists like this guy!!

But he didn’t take it down - he just gouged out a couple of marks and left it up even at the same link. Then he changed the credits to lie and say that he got the model from ClassyGoat but it is clearly not classy’s version - classy’s isn’t hollow inside and isn’t smooth, is based on a different pokemon game and a completely different shape with a much bigger nose, and if it was hollowed out, classy’s cut out sections go much deeper than the one pictured on etsy.

This is really upsetting and I don’t think I want to upload anymore designs to thingiverse if this is what will happen. I can’t believe etsy is so happy to profit off this guy’s piracy. Fuck you etsy. Fuck you Alex Farlow.

To the commenter on AO3...

“I honestly think it’s sort of stupid of you to be forcing people to buy this story after it’s been up here for free just to turn a profit. To be frank it’s not really worth anything close to the $6 you are charging and anyone who took advantage of the download option here would be extremely smart. If anyone did so please share a link so that those that are late to this party won’t have to waste their money on something that was free. If not I would highly suggest waiting for this to come out on Nooks free Friday’s or free in iTunes.”
—Tootsie

I get what you’re saying. I do. You read Receiver of Many for free. And I like free stuff too. But no one is forcing you to buy the book.

I wouldn’t advocate pirating my book… Which is what you’re asking people to do: transmit the book to you without consent of me or the site. 

If you want to do Nook Free Friday, then absolutely!! I encourage it. In fact, thank you for making me aware! If their program picks up Receiver of Many, I’ll promote the hell out of it to make sure everyone can afford a copy of the book.

But to “turn a profit”, or in my world, publish a story for purchase that I spent two years and countless hours writing, is the best way for me to continue writing, and the best way to serve the people who like to read what I write.

I have the same inescapable priorities in life that you do. And to keep writing for free online despite hundreds of calls to publish my work professionally, would force me to prioritize what I write last in my life. I don’t want to do that. I want to be able to keep writing these stories forever, and create works that people believe is worth the cost of sustaining my ability to keep on writing.

If you believe that all art should be free for the taking, that’s perfectly fine. I have works I left up for free. And beyond what I’ve written, there’s a vast collection of free works available.

But please weigh your comment against all the stories that were never finished, all the authors you love that stopped writing, and all the stories that don’t update for months on end. Because at the end of the day, that’s what you’re asking me to do.

Scientists are tweeting a link of the paywalled article along with their email address in the hashtag—a riff on the infamous meme of a fluffy cat’s “I Can Has Cheezburger?” line. Someone else who does have access to the article downloads a pdf of the paper and emails the file to the person requesting it. The initial tweet is then deleted as soon as the requester receives the file.
Andrea Kuszewski, a San Francisco-based cognitive scientist who started the hashtag, tells Quartz that “the biggest rule is that you don’t thank people.” Those who willingly share papers are, in most cases, breaking copyright laws. But Kuszewski says it’s an important act of “civil disobedience,” adding “it’s not an aggressive act but it’s just a way of saying things need to change.”
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Freedom Flotilla Detained by Israel on International Waters
The ships were carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza.

The Israeli military intercepted the Freedom Flotilla on Sunday, on international waters, while it was trying to reach Gaza with much-needed humanitarian aid. 

The Israeli forces said it was a short operation free of any casualties. The boat has been seized by Israel and is currently en route to Ashdod port.  

Members of the Freedom Flotilla issued an SOS video-message from within the ship, Marianne, in which they warn that the crew has been unlawfully attacked by the Israeli army, calling upon activists and supporters to stay alert over their fate.