There’s a good discussion going on over at Signal v. Noise about piracy of all varieties and the cultural significance of the attitude that inspires it.
I am surrounded by copyright infringers in my life. My parents steal cable, my brother and sister download gigs of music online without blinking, my co-workers trade new software (and music) like they don’t have high-paying jobs, and people everywhere clamor for something for nothing.
One of these days, I’m going to write a huge ass essay about this subject.
[UPDATE: I’m done with the discussion with 102 comments. What a day!]