A few things:
- The author of the article referenced in the OP is selling a micropayments service. So yeah, he’s gone to the other side.
- Free culture != piracy. Piracy has been waning mostly because afforable solutions have replaced it, as theorized. If pirates had done a better job of policing themselves ahemMALWAREahem, that wouldn’t have had such an impact.
3)Also, the challenge and reward for subverting current software systems is not so great as was during the desktop software period. Back in the day cracking photoshop made you somebody, but ever since everything moved to the cloud - being a cracker just isn’t as cool.
4)In the article, he makes a very salient point that pirates should be standing up for what they believe in, not piracy itself, which was supposed to be a means to an end.
It is no one’s job to stand up for piracy. Rather, I think someone ought to stand up for users for ought not have to have eiher 1) micropayments or 2) malware thrust upon them and simultaneously the artist/developer who deserves 1) to be compensated fairly for their work and 2) to have access to channels which stream his or her product on a wide scale.
We must remember that piracy is a means to end, and not a goal untoitself. We also must remember to keep pushing for better solutions. I’m willing to pay for videos, but it’s unfair that there is zero way to stream them (at a reasonable speed) in my area, even with an expensive internet connection. I honestly don’t see many folks in my area either 1) stealing them or 2) harranging the people in charge over this.
So is piracy the option to show the cable company what’s what? Or activism? Or what?
After all these years, Adobe is still standing.
Microsoft is still standing.
Most software vendors who were frequent targets of piracy are still standing.
However, a lot of record labels died.
A lot of movie companies went under.
A lot of games companies (especially role playing) collapsed.
We earned always on DRM.
We earned micropayments.
I think piracy lost us some major battles, and incentivized some of the worst behavior by content providers to date. Not always worth it in my opinion. What was supposed to trigger cultural freedom, did in part, but also killed off vulnerable parts of our culture who relied on shaky monitization from die hard fans. Things will never be the same, and no Patreon, or kickstarter, or indiegogo will ever fill that gap for artists.