So the Sims 3 is available to steal online two weeks before it is in the shops. This is one of Electronic Arts’ major releases of the year and has cost many millions to make. Not only that, EA, in response to previous customer protests, have removed DRM from the title.
Society really has got to sort this out, not only for games. Our world is becoming increasingly knowledge based, tens of millions of jobs are now dependent on this thriving sector. But if people do not get rewarded for their labours and instead have their work stolen from them then we are in big trouble.
We are experiencing the biggest glut of theft in the history of humanity thanks to the internet. And every single one of us is losing out as a result, because of the work and creativity that people would have done but haven’t.