Why do we love pirates? Because they're the heroes of our time! The benefactors of the poor, the caretakers of our collective wealth, and the true voice of the people when normal people don't dare speak!
Probably also (though he doesn't mention this), because they stereo-typically look cool, talk weird, don't fear death, take life a day at a time, live proudly by their own honor and code, and enjoy true and total freedom on the vast blue seas I so often dream of! I'm a Crayfish. It's my calling. Why it translates to Cancer in the international zodiac is beyond me.
So I've been dressed up as a pirate on Halloween for years, too, and I still watch (and recently started playing) One Piece with a passion. Guess this is why. Both video and description.
Great props Kester Brewin on shedding the right kind of light on the topic, and taking a stab at our vicious copyright monopoly at the same time. What he says makes perfect sense, and unfortunately it seems like each time the system starts getting too good it starts getting worse, again, with corporate monopolies slowly sucking out the spine of infant industries. Only in an established state do they get it back, yet new industries keep popping up; the world keeps evolving... so the need for pirates remains.
Or is it the other way around, considering the recent attempts (and successes... unfortunately) on throttling, limiting and controlling the great realm of knowledge and entertainment that is the World Wide Web? Hopefully it's still in an infant state and will only grow stronger with time, yet advocates for freedom of speech and creative enterprise are still very much needed, so props to all you true, honorable pirates for doing what you do, regardless of reason! You're doing the world a favor!
Stay strong, live long, and may the world on one well-aged day become one that no longer needs a status quo to steer the way, nor a group to stand against it. When we live in that promised era of dual peace and understanding, maybe the need for piracy will truly be gone.