PIRACY: Facts vs. Fiction

Due to the increasing availability of illegally obtainable material online, pirating is as prevalent as ever, and the facts back this up: 95% of all music downloaded online is illegal. With Black Friday and the holiday season just around the corner and the pressure to obtain music illegally greater than ever, it is time to take a look at how our own Liberty Patriots view illegally obtaining media.

Joel Tinseth, The Beat Editor

The statistics at the left side of the page imply that Liberty is a school teeming with scurvy mates, yet there is 25% less pirating at Liberty versus the world, and 30% fewer people feel that there is nothing wrong with pirating at Liberty.

There is no doubt that piracy is controversial. Some say that it is beneficial to the music industry and that it spreads around an artist’s music, while others adhere to the belief that it is outright stealing. Regardless, piracy will continue to increase as tech-savvy individuals resort to illegally obtaining music via the internet.

“People are becoming desensitized to piracy because of how easy it is to do,” an anonymous senior said. “You are stealing something when you pirate something. Just because it’s done through the internet doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong with it. That being said, I’m still going to do it.”

If it’s wrong, why do we still do it? It seems we’ve become so accustomed to the privileges that we’re exposed to, that we tend to think of digital media as a right, not a privilege.

“Digital media is a luxury, not a right,” another anonymous senior said. “If you can’t afford it, too bad, but that’s life. If you go to Target and they have a flatscreen television you like, but you can’t afford it, can you just take it? No.”

So, newspaper reader, the choice is yours. Will you choose to download music without paying for it or actually drop some cold hard cash on an album? Or you could always just move to a mystical land without copyright laws — Sweden.