65 Piracy Quotes : Piracy Sayings

These piracy quotes will inspire you. Piracy, the act of illegally copying someone’s product or invention without permission or the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging piracy quotes, piracy sayings, and piracy proverbs.

Best Piracy Quotes

  1. “I look at radio as gone … Piracy is the new radio, that’s how music gets around.” ~ Neil Young
  2. “The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.” ~ Gabe Newell
  3. “The Internet is both great and terrible. As a source of information, a tool for delivering music and art, it’s great. But spamming ads and piracy of music is terrible. It’s stealing.” ~ Gary Wright
  4. “Piracy is not the problem, obscurity is.” ~ Seth Godin

  5. “The public feels that if it’s on the Internet and you can access it, you deserve it. You haven’t committed any kind of crime. We may even have to rename piracy. But in any case, we have to confront it.” ~ Morgan Freeman
  6. “Piracy often reflects market failures on the part of producers rather than moral failures on the part of consumers.” ~ Henry Jenkins
  7. “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
  8. “Fight piracy; don’t squash innovation.” ~ Joe Kraus

  9. “It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor.” ~ Steve Jobs
  10. “Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan.” ~ Jonathan Coulton , Anti piracy quotes
  11. “Because of piracy there has been a massive downturn in people buying music, which makes it more difficult for artists to make money from the sale of records.” ~ Lily Allen
  12. “The problem for most artists isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity.” ~ Tim O’Reilly

  13. “Piracy has destroyed the domestic market.” ~ Zhang Yimou
  14. “What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.” ~ David Lloyd George
  15. “PIRACY, n. Commerce without its folly-swaddles, just as God made it.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
  16. “The big problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity.” ~ Cory Doctorow

  17. “One thing that we have learned is that piracy is not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue.” ~ Gabe Newell
  18. “It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.” ~ Bill Gates
  19. “It doesn’t affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. […] Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around. […] That’s the radio. If you really want to hear it, let’s make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.” ~ Neil Young
  20. “The amount of piracy is extraordinary. People don’t realize how big it is.” ~ Lorenzo di Bonaventura

  21. “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.” ~ Tim O’Reilly
  22. “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.” ~ Daniel Handler
  23. “But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral – it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.” ~ Aaron Swartz
  24. “More often than not, piracy is a symptom of an under-provisioned market.” ~ Charles Stross

  25. “As for piracy, I love to be pirated. It is the greatest compliment an author can have. The wholesale piracy of Democracy was the single real triumph of my life. Anyone may steal what he likes from me.” ~ Henry Adams
  26. “Back before the internet we had a name for people who bought a single copy of our books and lent them to all their friends without charging: we called them “librarians”.” ~ Charles Stross
  27. “Piracy doesn’t hurt an artist unless the artist puts out a bad album.” ~ Eminem
  28. “Don’t do piracy. Piracy is a crime.” ~ Asa Butterfield

  29. “When you start reading nonfiction books about piracy, you realize that it’s actually just a history of desperate people.” ~ Daniel Handler
  30. “Piracy is a huge, huge issue for all of these major content companies, and everybody has a different way of addressing it.” ~ Anne Sweeney
  31. “I don’t like piracy but if anybody’s concerned about piracy, why don’t they pay attention to our role in it?” ~ Noam Chomsky
  32. “Digital piracy needs to be addressed. Without content protection, investment in content can’t be supported. We need secure distribution. If you (telecommunications equipment and software makers) help us, we will make it easier for you to distribute our content.” ~ Bob Iger

  33. “Piracy is almost always a service problem.” ~ Gabe Newell
  34. “A merry life and a short one shall be my motto.” ~ Bartholomew Roberts
  35. “It’ll be the Internet and piracy that will kill film. There’s a philosophy that the Internet should be free, but the reality is that piracy will destroy the film industry and film as an art form because it’s expensive to make a movie. Maybe you’ll have funky little independent movies, and it’ll go back and then start up again some other way.” ~ Helen Mirren
  36. “The dirty little secret of publishing is that, all along, each book sold has had an average of 5 readers. That’s an 80% “piracy” rate if you insist on looking at it in those terms.” ~ Charles Stross

  37. “Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.” ~ Daniel Handler
  38. “He doesn’t have superpowers or the biggest, baddest gun. The point isn’t how many people you can kill or how you kill them. He is there to fight piracy, greed, and cruelty in all their forms on land and sea” ~ Billy Zane , Sea piracy quotes
  39. “Piracy is our only option.” ~ Emma Thompson
  40. “I think music piracy is forcing many people to look at the live aspect of the record industry as an income and in many ways, that’s what sets apart good music and musicians from the fly-by-night pop sensations.” ~ Ben Howard

  41. “Trade is much superior to piracy. You can rob and kill a man but once, but you can cheat him again and again.” ~ Louis L’Amour
  42. “When war is not just it is subsequently justified, so it becomes many things. In reality, an unjust war is merely piracy. It consists of piracy, ego, and, more than anything, money. War is our century’s prostitution.” ~ T. S. Eliot
  43. “Piracy is important to talk about. It’s harming the music industry. It hurts all of us. The public needs to understand every time they buy a pirated CD, they hurt the industry. The only ones who can change that are the fans and the people that buy CDs. It’s everybody’s responsibility to prevent it.” ~ Luis Miguel
  44. “The nice thing about piracy is, it allows the public to get independent art, to get a variety of music and movies.” ~ Lloyd Kaufman

  45. “When the money dries up, the sites die off. That’s the way to go after piracy.” ~ Jared Polis
  46. “Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  47. “I want people to know there is more to Somalia than looting and piracy.” ~ Michael Palin
  48. “Online piracy needs to be dealt with itself, because people are just wholesale stealing people’s work and not paying for it. It’s very hard to figure out a way to fix it.” ~ Tim Heidecker

  49. “Warner Bros. has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously in China because piracy is so huge there. It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats; in five years, everything will.” ~ Steven Soderbergh
  50. “I was born in Sweden, and in Sweden we are known for the piracy services.” ~ Daniel Ek
  51. “British establishment uses “the royal we,” as in, “We think this.” You hear a lot of that these days. It erroneously suggests that those who are making the decisions to bomb countries, to devastate economies, to take part in acts of international piracy involve all of us.” ~ John Pilger
  52. “I think the music business is becoming more difficult. It’s really taken a big hit with piracy, so it’s a lot more difficult. I mean, it was kind of an impractical career choice when I did it 25 years ago, but nowadays it’s truly reckless.” ~ Cliff Martinez

  53. “People want to buy mp3s but can’t? Piracy ensues. Then Apple strong-arms the music studios into the iTunes store and music piracy drops somewhat. The same, I believe, is also happening with ebooks.” ~ Charles Stross
  54. “For over ten years, bombs rained down on every village and hamlet in South Vietnam, and no one budged. It took the coming of a Communist ‘peace’ to send hundreds of thousands of people out into the South China Sea, on anything that could float, or might float, to risk dehydration, piracy, drowning . . .” ~ Vernon A. Walters
  55. “A global financial cabal engineered a fraudulent housing and debt bubble [2008], illegally shifted vast amounts of capital out of the US; and used ‘privatization’ as a form of piracy – a pretext to move government assets to private investors at below-market prices and then shift private liabilities back to government at no cost to the private liability holder Clearly, there was a global financial coup d’etat underway.” ~ Catherine Austin Fitts
  56. “The internet creates chaos and a dangerous kind of piracy but makes the viewer much more active and gives the voice to minority players.” ~ Agnieszka Holland

  57. “For thirty years, Isreal has been highjacking ships in international waters, killing people, taking hostages, bringing them to Israel, putting them in secret prisons, all with the help of the United States. That’s serious piracy.” ~ Noam Chomsky
  58. “I have called this phenomenon of stealing common knowledge and indigenous science “biopiracy” and “intellectual piracy.” According to patent systems we shouldn’t be able to patent what exists as “prior art.” But the United States patent system is somewhat perverted. First of all, it does not treat the prior art of other societies as “prior art.” Therefore anyone from the United States can travel to another country, find out about the use of a medicinal plant, or find a seed that farmers use, come back here, claim it as an invention or an innovation.” ~ Vandana Shiva
  59. “I think that’s really the kind of exponential factor in being in a punk-rock band or making music videos and movies -pirates and rock ‘n’ roll go hand in hand. There is a `question authority,’ `don’t be afraid to break the rules’ quality that whether you’re a 4-year-old bouncing on your bed as your parents are trying to stop it or an adult longing for that feeling, there’s something inside all of us that piracy speaks to. I’m going to do what I want to do and I don’t care what you think.” ~ Gore Verbinski
  60. “Piracy doesn’t bother me that much, to be quite honest.” ~ Roland Orzabal

  61. “The internet is a great thing but the worst thing that it brought to the music business was piracy and it’s made making stuff available really difficult.” ~ Scott Ian
  62. “Piracy doesn’t kill music, boy bands do.” ~ Ricky Gervais
  63. “Back in the pre-internet age there were pirate publishers, especially in the third world, who would print physical copies of books, sell them, and never inform the author/their agent/their publisher just trousering the money. I think we can agree that this was piracy?” ~ Charles Stross

  64. “I think that America in general is piratical. Every time we accept a paycheck for doing almost nothing, allowing us to live above the poverty line, we’re engaging in piracy.” ~ Will Oldham
  65. “They successfully combined piracy and puritanism, which aren’t so unlike when you come right down to it. Both had a strong dislike for opposition and both had a roving eye for other people’s property.” ~ John Steinbeck

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