You may have heard this little ditty from GDC today but if not, it’s quite the statement. Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of the indie smash Minecraft, told Edge and I quote:
“Piracy is not theft,” he said. Referencing the most common anti-piracy argument, he said: “If you steal a car, the original is lost. If you copy a game, there are simply more of them in the world. There is no such thing as a ‘lost sale’,” he said, debunking another popular myth. “Is a bad review a lost sale? What about a missed ship date?”
I am not going to get into the whole “does piracy hurt the industry” debate because it’s a debate you aren’t going to win and I am not about to get on some high horse and preach to you guys about the evils of software piracy because my use of Napster back in the day tells me that I ought to shut the hell up.
But I’m having a really, really hard time wrapping my head around how downloading software that isn’t free, using said software, and not paying for said software isn’t “stealing” said software regardless of the morality issues that may or not be tied to that.
Isn’t that the definition of the term?