Information as commodity. What is an artist’s work worth? For that matter, what is the work of sound engineers, photographers, directors, producers, actors, and all the other people associated with the creation of a motion picture, worth? Much less now, apparently, with the advent of the DVD-rip and broadband filesharing. In some cases, for certain individuals whom would claim that they only have the pirated versions of these motion pictures because “it’s nice to have”, the value is absolute nil. I would like, as a blanket response to this, to propose a new 'net based rip-off service. One that allows us to take money out of the pockets of producers of other works less great than those of musicians and movie-folk. A service that allows us to beam accountancy services, construction work, foodservice, public works, etc. right into our own homes. Sure, the quality might not be 100% what the real work could produce, but hey, it’s just as good and it’s all free. Who cares if it’s just cost those workers thousands in lost wages, WE didn’t have to pay a cent! And if we’re really not happy with this sub-par work, we can always hire them to do the real thing for us (like that’ll EVER happen). Gotta put these things in perspective. Theft is theft. Anyone downloading any intellectual properties (even just for the purportedly innocent purspose of previewing for purchase) is stealing. I’m just gonna borrow your car for the next few months to decide if I really wanna buy one. Oh wait, your car’s just as good as a new one, a little beat-up, but hey, it’s free. I think I’ll keep it. Think about it.