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Alternatively, pirate everything and laugh all the way to the bank



The moment that none-pirated material is

a) accessible and buyable by me (Linux, .nl based) b) at least as easy to find and get as pirated material

I will immediately buy. In all other situations: I am not going to fiddle with drm-ripping python scripts, convertors, virtual-machines, geo-ip-faking-proxies and so on, just to be able to pay for stuff that I can get without all that hassle for free.

I even track down authors for books I like and wire them the money personally, if for some reason their publishers hide behind all this DRM nonsense.

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The last two sentences seem to contradict each other: You don't want to jump through hoops but try to track down authors to send them money on a sidechannel?

In general I'm with you though (Germany, mostly on Linux as well) and I try to do something similar whenever possible.

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You can't really do this so easily with books, but my favourite tactic with music is to rampantly pirate an artists output, then go up to them at a gig and press a wad of cash into their hand with an apologetic smile :)

Now that's cutting out the middleman!

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Yeah, it's taking money out of the hands of all those who worked to support the artist and help them get on that stage.

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Laugh all the way to the bank? It'll be the bank laughing at me if I turn up saying "Look, I saved $9.99 on an ebook by pirating it."

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