Today, September 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day. But I have no need to do anything special for it. “Why not?”, you might ask, to which I reply, “I am already a pirate, and so are you.”
Perhaps you doubt that you are truly a pirate. But it is true! The monopolists who seek to control all life have branded as “pirate” anyone who will not conform to their exact specifications. Consider this news story from TorrentFreak: Copyright Holders Want Netflix to Ban VPN Users. It seems that the copyright holders are upset about people using virtual private networks to circumvent geo-blocking restrictions on services like Netflix. But here’s the thing: the people who use Netflix are all paying customers. They have to be. So the monopolists can’t complain about a lost sale here; these people, who they are calling “pirates”, are all paying to watch the shows. But it is not enough for the monopolists. They insist on having the right to geo-block, to only sell to certain places at certain times, and if you are in an unlucky place, too bad for you. They want your money, of course, but even more than that, they want control. And if you dare to escape from that control, then you are a pirate, even when you pay.
Not for nothing do I call copyright “a law for nobody”. It turns us all into pirates. So feel free to throw the occasional “Avast!” into your conversation, but don’t feel that you have to. If you want to talk like a pirate, all you have to do is talk like someone who values freedom, and you’re well on your way to piracy.