The "if enough people choose to pay for it, we'll be OK, we can ignore the rest" principle only works whilst there is a sufficient proportion of us who do choose to pay.
Its a big world - maybe that can (continue to) work. But if the "don't know better, all their friends are doing it" group grow sufficiently this fine utopia breaks down.
The producer do have the ultimate power to choose - they can choose to stop producing.
And I still don't buy this "once its in the digital domain its not yours any more, its owned by the hive mind, let it go, man, let it be free...smell the daisies" nonsense - all that is doing is cooking up justification for a wrong doing on the back of the simple fact that the wrong doing is happening in the first place - circular arguments.
Yes, there are new business models taking shape, some will work others will fail. And a lot of people will still choose to circumvent whatever system you put in place ... because, as StingingVelvet says - they just don't give a shit.
As I have said before I would love it if we could all trust each other to do the right thing.
I really don't give a shit about the "hard core" pirates and I think the "fighting the system" ones are a little deluded. But I fear that middle group of casual pirates fuelled by petty greed - they have the potential to grow into a passive destructive force.
I have to say tho' that this struck a chord ...
In my opinion, this has nothing to do with people being concerned with the devs getting their money. The most common arguement here was "pirates don't deserve
it". This implies that I deserve it because I paid for it. In the minds of many people, that excludes "freeriders". Because if I paid for it, so should he! This isn't about "justice" this is about envy. People are angry that they were "foolish" enough to pay for something others get for free. They feel treated like a fool by the pirate....
This would seem to apply to me, not just on piracy but in life in general, as I get angry seeing people cheat their way to things I work for, taking and giving backhanders and generally "playing the system".
Why, precisely am I getting angry at them - its their problem not mine. I'll need to think on this a lot more - thanks.