Piracy Quotes

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Lemony Snicket
“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. Piracy, for example, is a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years, but that doesn't mean we should all attack ships and steal their gold.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Neil Gaiman
“When the web started, I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up. They put my stories up. They put my stuff up on the web. I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright, which actually, is simply not true.

And I also got very grumpy because I felt like they were pirating my stuff, that it was bad. And then I started to notice that two things seemed much more significant. One of which was… places where I was being pirated, particularly Russia where people were translating my stuff into Russian and spreading around into the world, I was selling more and more books. People were discovering me through being pirated. Then they were going out and buying the real books, and when a new book would come out in Russia, it would sell more and more copies. I thought this was fascinating, and I tried a few experiments. Some of them are quite hard, you know, persuading my publisher for example to take one of my books and put it out for free. We took “American Gods,” a book that was still selling and selling very well, and for a month they put it up completely free on their website. You could read it and you could download it. What happened was sales of my books, through independent bookstores, because that’s all we were measuring it through, went up the following month three hundred percent.

I started to realize that actually, you’re not losing books. You’re not losing sales by having stuff out there. When I give a big talk now on these kinds of subjects and people say, “Well, what about the sales that I’m losing through having stuff copied, through having stuff floating out there?” I started asking audiences to just raise their hands for one question. Which is, I’d say, “Okay, do you have a favorite author?” They’d say, “Yes.” and I’d say, “Good. What I want is for everybody who discovered their favorite author by being lent a book, put up your hands.” And then, “Anybody who discovered your favorite author by walking into a bookstore and buying a book raise your hands.” And it’s probably about five, ten percent of the people who actually discovered an author who’s their favorite author, who is the person who they buy everything of. They buy the hardbacks and they treasure the fact that they got this author. Very few of them bought the book. They were lent it. They were given it. They did not pay for it, and that’s how they found their favorite author. And I thought, “You know, that’s really all this is. It’s people lending books. And you can’t look on that as a loss of sale. It’s not a lost sale, nobody who would have bought your book is not buying it because they can find it for free.”

What you’re actually doing is advertising. You’re reaching more people, you’re raising awareness. Understanding that gave me a whole new idea of the shape of copyright and of what the web was doing. Because the biggest thing the web is doing is allowing people to hear things. Allowing people to read things. Allowing people to see things that they would never have otherwise seen. And I think, basically, that’s an incredibly good thing.”
Neil Gaiman

Emma Thompson
“Piracy is our only option.”
Emma Thompson, The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film

Scott Lynch
“I think piracy is a bit like drinking. You want to stay out all night doing it, you pay the price the next day.”
Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies

Nick Harkaway
“Piracy is robbery with violence, often segueing into murder, rape and kidnapping. It is one of the most frightening crimes in the world. Using the same term to describe a twelve-year-old swapping music with friends, even thousands of songs, is evidence of a loss of perspective so astounding that it invites and deserves the derision it receives.”
Nick Harkaway, The Blind Giant

Robert Louis Stevenson
“In the immediate nearness of the gold, all else had been forgotten [...], and I could not doubt that he hoped to seize upon the treasure, find and board the Hispanola under cover of night, cut every honest throat about that island, and sail away as he had at first intended, laden with crimes and riches.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Cory Doctorow
“my problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity”
Cory Doctorow, Makers

C.J. Cherryh
“It was a monumental achievement that the serpentine tc'a had once upon a time gotten the knnn to understand the concept of trade: so nowadays knnn simply contacted a station, rushed onto its methane-dock and deposited whatever they liked, grabbed whatever they wanted and left. This was an improvement over their former behavior, in which they simply looted and left.”
C.J. Cherryh, The Kif Strike Back

“Even though it is piracy, scanlation has had positive impact.”
Toni Johnson-Woods, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

Fuminori Nakamura
“Deep down, people who deliberately distribute other people’s music and stuff feel contempt for professionals. And it’s not just culture — these days lots of people are contemptuous of everything. Without realizing it, they’re searching for things to despise.”
Fuminori Nakamura, Evil and the Mask

Stewart Stafford
“The snowflake revolution will not be televised - it will be pirated online, go viral and rapidly dissipate in the quicksand of post-millennial conformity.”
Stewart Stafford

Matt Tomerlin
“A man never spoke ill of his captain, pirate or no, unless he was prepared to back his words with the might of the crew.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Fire

Richard Condon
“LET US STOP IMITATING!!! Piracy and imitations of designs hamper the development and expansion of export trade. It is regrettable that there are quite a few cases of piracy in the People's Republic. Piracy injures the Chinese people's international prestige, causes the boycott of Chinese goods, and makes Chinese designers lose interest in making creative efforts.”
Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate

Matt Tomerlin
“Now now,” he said, setting his hand on her shoulder. He didn’t even see her turn. One moment she had her back to him, and the next her face was in his. Tears streamed from narrow, red eyes, her nostrils flared, and her mouth was twisted in a vicious snarl. She could have bitten his nose off if she wanted to.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Fire

Matt Tomerlin
“Right,” Thatcher said, “let’s have a look at her.”
Katherine hesitated. The kitten was fast asleep in her arms and she was afraid to wake her.
“Something amiss?” Thatcher asked.
Katherine giggled at her capricious emotions and shoved the kitten into the surgeon’s arms. The animal woke up as Thatcher examined it. He set the kitten on the deck and watched as she wobbled around on clumsy paws. “Yes,” Thatcher nodded conclusively. “This is indeed a cat.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Fire

Matt Tomerlin
“Her hair was matted to her head, glistening dark red, like wine through a murky bottle. Her torn shirt hung loose, a breast carelessly exposed, and her breeches were taut against the lean muscles of her legs. She treaded through the waves, never swaying in the current, until she stood before him, face concealed in shadow. “You swim faster with one arm than I with two,” she said.
Nathan laughed. “You frightened me.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Fire

Matt Tomerlin
“What’s gotten into you?” he wondered, blinking in sudden frustration.
“Not you, that’s for a certainty.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Fire

Matt Tomerlin
“A very old man once told me a pirate is always chasing after the horizon, fooling himself into believing he can reach it. It might be gold, it might be freedom, it might even be a girl he’s looking to impress. Always it beckons, beautiful and glorious, but no matter how hard a pirate pushes his ship, it remains just out of grasp. The woman who has stolen my cabin, I wager she was Jonathan Griffith’s horizon.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Horizon

Matt Tomerlin
“No matter,” he assured her. “If it’s a concern, you may take me in your mouth.”
Her smile did not falter. “Anything you put in my mouth will not stop short of my stomach.”
“No doubt,” he boasted.
“You miss my meaning.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Horizon

Matt Tomerlin
“Thinking ahead was too frightening to consider. Is this what it means to be a pirate? she wondered as her gaze swept over a deck full of them.
But she had never truly been one of them. She was their treasure, not their equal. The meaning of her value differed from captor to captor. Griffith saw a wife. Hornigold saw a map to his fortune. Vane saw a hostage to be exchanged.”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Horizon

Matt Tomerlin
“She mussed her red hair with her fingers and flashed a whimsical grin. “We’ve all heard stories about her. What girl doesn’t want to be Kate Lindsay for a little while?”
Matt Tomerlin, The Devil's Horizon

Ana Claudia Antunes
“If you are having private thoughts and ask an intimate friend to listen to them in privacy or on a date will that be considered too intimi-dating? And if the thoughts are proved to be untrue, but your friend still insists on believing in them anyway, would that be considered a cons-piracy?”

Christina Engela
“The last week hadn’t been any better, come to think of it. On Monday they arrived at Gorda, just to find that the cargo of electronics he was to ship to Beowulf had been taken by another freighter for a lower fee. It took him until Wednesday before he found another cargo – which had to reach Earth by Saturday. The last straw was when his crew mutinied a day out of the Hermes system and demanded a pay increase. The union tended to call that sort of thing “collective bargaining”, not actually mutiny, but hey – the results are the same. He tended to favor the term “piracy”, but this wasn’t the high seas and out here, there were real pirates to worry about. His former crew had also wanted more time off and a better cook – at least one who knew how which end of a frying pan to hold. He was unable to comply, and so was forced to stop at Beowulf anyway. That was the last time he saw them. Fortunately for him, Weaver, Fuller and Jang opted to stay with him. Whether it was out of loyalty, or perhaps just convenience, he never knew.”
Christina Engela, Blachart

Frederick Marryat
“In the course of crime ... the descent is rapid.”
Frederick Marryat, The Pirate

“Promotion and Popularity through Piracy are now main stream. May be, it is time for content owners to have a piracy plan for a part of their content to gain visibility and popularity before capitalizing on the rest”
Kalyan C. Kankanala, Fun IP, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

“Kill Piracy; Save Creativity”
Kalyan C. Kankanala, Fun IP, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

“There is a Pirate in every one of us”
Kalyan C. Kankanala, Fun IP, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property

Peter Bunzl
“The trouble was, Lily reflected, as she sneaked up the last set of stairs to the girls' dormitory, she didn't want the life of a well-bred Victorian young lady, she wanted the life of an air-pirate.”
Peter Bunzl, Cogheart

Meg Caddy
“Stolen ships were the easiest to love.”
Meg Caddy, Devil's Ballast
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Stewart Stafford
“It's nice to think my ideas can still entertain and challenge people after I'm gone, but I would like the royalties for them while I'm alive.”
Stewart Stafford

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