In the past I have been known to tell people who “share” music online that they are thieves. Not as if they are doing anything worth throwing them in jail for – don’t get me wrong there. But the fact that people who share files that happen to be copyrighted music to me smells like stealing. In other words, the product is being taken and used, and no royalty paid.
But now I am doing it, kind of. I just watched the UFC 82 pay per view fights from last Saturday night for nothing. And then I watched UFC 81, and then part of UFC 80. The fights are hosted on a site that you go to, and simply push “play” and the complete show is aired for you, free of charge. I did not download the fights for later use, only watched them. For those who don’t know, UFC is the Ultimate Fighting Championships, one of the top levels of mixed martial arts fighting.
So am I now a hypocrite? Or am I simply taking advantage of the internet and the good graces of a generous soul who has decided for whatever reason to take the bandwidth hit so freeloaders such as myself and others can watch fights for free that we are supposed to pay for?
Cross posted at LITGM.