In my country, everyone's a pirate and I'm the lone warrior who gets treated like an idiot for caring.
I have co-workers, friends and family members who pirate games, movies, music, etc. Heck, even my girlfriend likes to copy stuff illegally. Myself, I'm about 90% clean. While I've certainly spoken my mind to those close to me, I don't go swinging my finger at everyone who rips something (even if it does annoy the crap out of me when they go boasting about how much stuff they've pirated, like it's some kind of achievement). I don't hide my views either; if someone confronts me, I explain why it's wrong, and I'm open about the fact that I've pirated before.
The result? Well, first I get the usual defences, like they're rebelling against the system or whatever. Invariably, they start treating me like the morality police. They spitefully flaunt it in my face whenever they're copying pirated stuff. I never even told them to abandon their ways, I just explained my view, for Pete's sake. And God forbid they see me committing even the slightest violation, then I'm called out on hypocrisy and all that – as if I need to hold a perfect record in order to recognize that piracy is wrong. Again, I merely mentioned how I felt, it's not even like I called them out on what they did!
Of course, I know what's really happening: they know that what I say is true, and it bothers them. That's why they're taking it out on me. Doesn't make it any less annoying, though. I'd give up on the lot of them if I didn't see at least some good coming from expressing my views. My sweetheart has shown a growing willingness to pay for what she wants, though she still has some ways to go, and my cousin has at least come to admit that what he's doing is wrong. I don't expect to see change in my co-workers any time soon, though. Got at least one colleague on Steam, though!
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