Consider the word “use.” It can mean both to “take, hold, or deploy (something) as a means of accomplishing a purpose” or to “exploit (a person or situation) for one’s own advantage.”  There’s a latent hostility to the word “use” (use drugs, use other people, use up your remaining karma),... Read more

With streaming entrenched as the dominant form of video consumption online, it’s easy to forget that piracy via the illegal downloading of actual files (AKA the old-fashioned way), remains alive and well. In fact, according to digital piracy data firm MUSO, torrent-based digital theft makes up around 20 percent of all... Read more

Let’s be clear – it’s difficult to make a living in any creative pursuit. However, it’s especially difficult to make a living as an author.  Say you have the temerity to actually, against all odds, write a book – which, for most people, takes years of toil and strife. Now, you actually have to... Read more

“To take from an artist is to take greatness from this world.” So says Matthew Cuban in the following video from a group of Los Angeles street poets about copyright and its importance to creativity and innovation in America. We are thrilled to partner with Macmillan Learning and a group... Read more

Advice for mainstream publications writing articles about streaming piracy: It is a crime. Treat it as such. It is a crime that impacts millions of creative livelihoods. Acknowledge them. Did we mention that it is a crime? Maybe don’t implicitly endorse it? On Monday, December 16, 2019, one of the... Read more