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12th Jul '17 1:59:46 PM razorrozar7
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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.

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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' ''VideoGame/{{Paradigm}}'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.
12th Jul '17 1:57:40 PM razorrozar7
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* The developer of ''VideoGame/Paradigm'' commented on a torrent of the game, saying he knows some people legitimately can't afford it and is happy they have a chance to play it anyway. He even included some free Steam keys in his comment.
9th Jul '17 2:03:28 PM whateveryousay21
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* Peter Gabriel isn't exactly supportive of people downloading free music, but he feels that the massive lawsuits over it should end and that legal music distribution needs a serious overhaul.
13th Jun '17 4:50:13 AM Piterpicher
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** Newer distributors Shout! Factory seem to be keeping to a similar profile, uploading multiple full episodes to their YouTube channel, as well as notating them with explainations for some of the more obscure riffs.

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** Newer distributors Shout! Factory seem to be keeping to a similar profile, uploading multiple full episodes to their YouTube Website/YouTube channel, as well as notating them with explainations for some of the more obscure riffs.
26th Apr '17 3:23:51 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/SonicColors''
--> '''Eggman''': "All unauthorized photography, video reproduction, or shutting down of energy generators is strictly prohibited. Thank you."
--> '''Sonic''': "Eggman! I am going to save this planet, and I am going to free these aliens. No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"
25th Apr '17 9:53:49 AM jccw227
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic appears to have this stance, having released several songs on his website and encouraged fans to download them, including "Don't Download This Song", a song that completely mocks the whole DigitalPiracyIsEvil attitude. The only real problem that seems to irk him is all the vulgar and profane novelty songs, that have been [[MisattributedSong mistakenly linked to him]] as a result.
12th Feb '17 8:54:44 PM Angeldeb82
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* On a episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' the ''Music/KidRock'' like musician played by [[ShapedLikeItSelf Kid Rock]] has his next album leaked by one of his staffers. This placed him at number one on the suspect list, until he proved that the staffer leaked it on his own orders. A leaked album means more tickets sales.

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* On a episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' the ''Music/KidRock'' like musician played by [[ShapedLikeItSelf [[ShapedLikeItself Kid Rock]] has his next album leaked by one of his staffers. This placed him at number one on the suspect list, until he proved that the staffer leaked it on his own orders. A leaked album means more tickets sales.
12th Feb '17 8:54:00 PM Angeldeb82
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->''"... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web -- on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September -- we don't give a [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] my friends!"''

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->''"... if you wanna record this song and you wanna put it on a world wide web -- on the internet, so all your friends could listen to it - as long as you buy the album in September -- we don't give a [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] fuck]], my friends!"''



** As a part of an AlternateRealityGame, Reznor and his crew left various USB drives containing new songs in various areas of venues, with the specific intention that they be leaked as a part of the game. Instead, those who leaked the files were hit with cease and desist notices from the RIAA, despite Reznor and his label specifically notifying them of the game and files. Needless to say, [[http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2044599,00.htm Reznor was furious,]] and along with further ExecutiveMeddling of his music, is the reason he went independent after ''Year Zero'' was released.

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** As a part of an AlternateRealityGame, Reznor and his crew left various USB drives containing new songs in various areas of venues, with the specific intention that they be leaked as a part of the game. Instead, those who leaked the files were hit with cease and desist notices from the RIAA, despite Reznor and his label specifically notifying them of the game and files. Needless to say, [[http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2044599,00.htm [[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/mar/29/pop.guardianweeklytechnologysection Reznor was furious,]] and furious]] and, along with further ExecutiveMeddling of his music, is the reason he went independent after ''Year Zero'' was released.



* After unfinished material leaked, Music/SystemOfADown said they didn't care if people downloaded their music, but requested people wait until they were finished with it. One of their releases is called ''Steal This Album!''
* There are rumours Music/BritneySpears leaks her own demos and she doesn't seem bothered by album leaks,

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* After unfinished material leaked, Music/SystemOfADown said they didn't care if people downloaded their music, but requested that people wait until they were finished with it. One of their releases is called ''Steal This Album!''
* There are rumours Music/BritneySpears leaks her own demos and she doesn't seem bothered by album leaks,leaks.



* Sort-of counter-example: because of legal entanglements with his label, DJ Danger Mouse (the man behind the infamous Beatles/Jay-Z mash-up album ''The Grey Album'') couldn't release his album ''Dark Night of the Soul'', a collaboration between himself, film director David Lynch and late alternative rock musician Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. Well, to be specific, he couldn't release the ''music''. So instead, he released the album -- with full artwork -- '''[[http://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1154504899.shtml as a blank CD]]''' so that people who acquired the music from less-than-legal sources could burn the music to the CD.

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* Sort-of counter-example: because of legal entanglements with his label, DJ Danger Mouse (the man behind the infamous Beatles/Jay-Z mash-up album ''The Grey Album'') couldn't release his album ''Dark Night of the Soul'', a collaboration between himself, film director David Lynch and late alternative rock musician Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. Well, to be specific, he couldn't release the ''music''. So instead, he released the album -- with full artwork -- '''[[http://techdirt.'''[[https://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1154504899.shtml as a blank CD]]''' so that people who acquired the music from less-than-legal sources could burn the music to the CD.



* A non-music example remarked on by [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/08/wait-whys-pirate-bay-promoting-an-indie-game/ Rock Paper Shotgun]]: the creator of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' caught people downloading it illegally from The Pirate Bay. Instead of trying to prosecute, he turned the torrents into a marketing tool, leaving comments and gift codes saying, "I am actually excited about this!" and "I am just one man making games for a living, so feel free to give me all your money if you like the game!" TPB's organizers picked up on it and modified their logo to resemble part of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'s''.

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* A non-music example remarked on by [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/08/wait-whys-pirate-bay-promoting-an-indie-game/ Rock Paper Shotgun]]: the creator of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' ''VideoGame/McPixel'' caught people downloading it illegally from The Pirate Bay. Instead of trying to prosecute, he turned the torrents into a marketing tool, leaving comments and gift codes saying, "I am actually excited about this!" and "I am just one man making games for a living, so feel free to give me all your money if you like the game!" TPB's organizers picked up on it and modified their logo to resemble part of ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'s''.''VideoGame/McPixel's''.



* There is a webserver hosting all of Music/{{Rammstein}}s early work. When asked to take it down by various lawyers (several times a year), the owners respond with a personal letter from the band who allowed them to host it since long before they were as famous as they are now, and they are still fine with it.

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* There is a webserver hosting all of Music/{{Rammstein}}s Music/{{Rammstein}}'s early work. When asked to take it down by various lawyers (several times a year), the owners respond with a personal letter from the band who allowed them to host it since long before they were as famous as they are now, and they are still fine with it.



* Every album by every [[IHaveManyNames alias]] of Creator/JonahDempcy, with the exception of ''one'' collaboritive single, has been released entirely for free.

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* Every album by every [[IHaveManyNames alias]] of Creator/JonahDempcy, with the exception of ''one'' collaboritive collaborative single, has been released entirely for free.



* Instead of providing a demo, the [[http://joewintergreen.com/influx/influxr/influx.html info page]] for ''VideoGame/{{InFlux}}'' instead links to a torrent so you can "[=Try Before You Buy=]" it. One developer even offered to upload a proper torrent if the linked one didn't work.

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* Instead of providing a demo, the [[http://joewintergreen.com/influx/influxr/influx.html info page]] for ''VideoGame/{{InFlux}}'' ''VideoGame/InFlux'' instead links to a torrent so you can "[=Try Before You Buy=]" it. One developer even offered to upload a proper torrent if the linked one didn't work.



** It's believed that the leak of "The High End of Low" demos was actually done by Manson and Twiggy, especially since one of the songs has ArnoldSchwarzenegger quotes edited into it for kicks. That said, he's not cool with people leaking songs before they're supposed to be out, or if they're not supposed to get out at all.

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** It's believed that the leak of "The High End of Low" demos was actually done by Manson and Twiggy, especially since one of the songs has ArnoldSchwarzenegger Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger quotes edited into it for kicks. That said, he's not cool with people leaking songs before they're supposed to be out, or if they're not supposed to get out at all.



* Believe it or not, Music/BillyIdol was the first mainstream artist to do this in [[OlderThanYouThink 1998]], releasing a song for free on an old mp3 site as a way to flip it to his label who screwed him over. Even better, said song was downloaded over 100,000 times on ''dial-up.''

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* Believe it or not, Music/BillyIdol was the first mainstream artist to do this in [[OlderThanYouThink [[OlderThanTheyThink 1998]], releasing a song for free on an old mp3 site as a way to flip it to his label who screwed him over. Even better, said song was downloaded over 100,000 times on ''dial-up.''



* The creator behind Main/DigitalPiracy allowed people to get full versions of the game while it was still in Alpha, mainly to help protect people from downloading Viruses. And because [[{{Pun}} you're pirating a game about piracy]].

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* The creator behind Main/DigitalPiracy DigitalPiracy allowed people to get full versions of the game while it was still in Alpha, mainly to help protect people from downloading Viruses. And because [[{{Pun}} you're pirating a game about piracy]].



* For the most part it seems the indie game makers don't mind piracy. When GiantBomb discussed ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' (see above), they noted that due to their smaller budgets most only need to sell a few thousand in order to turn a profit. As such, indie game makers are likely to view small amounts of piracy as a way to potentially spread the word about the game.

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* For the most part it seems the indie game makers don't mind piracy. When GiantBomb discussed ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' ''VideoGame/McPixel'' (see above), they noted that due to their smaller budgets most only need to sell a few thousand in order to turn a profit. As such, indie game makers are likely to view small amounts of piracy as a way to potentially spread the word about the game.



* [[Music/{{LittleMix}} Little Mix]] seem to be fans of this trope, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment although their management disagree, for obvious reasons]].
* Music/{{TaylorSwift}} veers between this and DigitalPiracyIsEvil at times, although it ''may'' be a case of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan (at least in her case, anyway), although this has proven controversial. It didn't help when claims were made that Taylor had an account at ThePirateBay, although this may just be an UrbanLegend of TheNewTens. Officially, though, we don't have WordOfGod on this, having to rely on a comment on The Register which is possibly a hoax or UrbanLegend.

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* [[Music/{{LittleMix}} Little Mix]] *Music/LittleMix seem to be fans of this trope, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment although their management disagree, for obvious reasons]].
* Music/{{TaylorSwift}} Music/TaylorSwift veers between this and DigitalPiracyIsEvil at times, although it ''may'' be a case of TheManIsStickingItToTheMan (at least in her case, anyway), although this has proven controversial. It didn't help when claims were made that Taylor had an account at ThePirateBay, although this may just be an UrbanLegend {{Urban Legend|s}} of TheNewTens. Officially, though, we don't have WordOfGod on this, having to rely on a comment on The Register which is possibly a hoax or UrbanLegend.Urban Legend.
29th Jan '17 12:40:22 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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* Microsoft is famous for saying, "If You're Going To Pirate Software, Pirate Ours."
** Also, after announcing that Windows 10 would be available as a free upgrade for all users of Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft later clarified that even pirated copies of Windows could be upgraded for free.
*** This was later further clarified though: Users with pirated copies are able to join the Insider program and install beta builds of Windows 10, but are stuck with getting updates from the beta channel instead of the stable one, leaving the user as a guinea pig of sorts running a less than stable operating system, making them a zig-zagged trope.

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* Microsoft is was famous for saying, "If You're Going To Pirate Software, Pirate Ours."
", though zig-zagged nowadays they're heavy handed against piracy in an inversion of this.
** Also, after announcing that Windows 10 would be available as a free upgrade for all users of Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft later clarified that even pirated copies of Windows could be upgraded for free.
free... although it's not activated and therefore the personalization features are locked.
*** This was later further clarified though: Users with pirated copies are able to join the Insider program and install beta builds of Furthermore Windows 10, but are stuck with getting updates from the beta channel 8 and 10 doesn't accuse improperly activated Windows as "not genuine" anymore, instead stating politely that to enjoy several features (such as personalization and removal of the stable one, leaving the user as popups and notifications) you need to activate.
* Valve and Steam's Gabe Newell states back in 2011 that piracy is always
a guinea pig service problem and not a pricing problem. In other words, restrictive and intrusive DRM and lack of sorts running a less than stable operating system, making them a zig-zagged trope.easy video game availability leads to piracy.
2nd Jan '17 2:28:10 AM justanid
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