Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

Justin Jordan on Piracy

"Now, you’re probably thinking that this is going to be an antipiracy screed. It’s not. Like I said, I am not bothered by it. I don’t do it, but I don’t care if you do. I would prefer that you bought my comics, because I need to fill my money vault so I can swim in it Scrooge McDuck style, but no skin off my back if you don’t.

"There are a couple of reasons that I don’t care. The biggest, probably, is the futility of arguing against it. I am a deeply lazy person, so I’m not going to make and argument that won’t do me any good in the long term.

"I also tend to think that the vast majority of the people that are pirating my book wouldn’t have bought it anyway, so them reading it doesn’t hurt me, and if they like it, it might even help. Cory Doctorow has said that the problem isn’t piracy, the problem is obscurity. He wasn’t specifically talking about comics, but I think that’s probably doubly true for the industry.

"Related to the above, I know for a fact that some number of the people who pirated the book will go and buy the thing later. I know this because a couple of people have flat out told me they did it. I don’t know if this group outnumbers the people who have bought the comic if they didn’t pirate it, but I suspect they do. So that’s a win for me.

"So, I don’t mind. But…

"Yes, there’s a but. Isn’t there always ?"

As someone who’s seen the download links for his book go up hours after it hits the stands, I have stuff to say about this topic, but for now, this is as close to my mindset as I’ve found on this otherwise ragequitty topic.

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