Piracy is suddenly the hot topic these days, both online and offline. The reason being that it has been pushed to the forefront due to the efforts of US Congress and EU to put curbs on piracy sites. However, so far, these efforts have been blown back by the entire internet community. Another setback for the so-called anti-piracy proponents came when Tim Brady, New England Patriots’ quarterback very casually observed that last year he watched the Super Bowl game on an illegal website.
During a Super Bowl news conference, Tom Brady said,
“Last year I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica, watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl Web site. And now I’m actually playing in the game. So, it’s pretty cool.”
The cool aspect for Tom is of course the fact that he was part of the Super Bowl this year. For an average reader, however, what is most cool is the fact that he watched the game on an illegal site. Without actually saying so, Tom endorsed piracy websites and showed his support for them through these words.
This goes out as a message to the anti-piracy proponents that online piracy is kind of inevitable and is indulged in by nearly everyone, regardless of what part of the world they are from or what profession they belong to.
NFL, traditionally, has been very diligent in keeping it’s content for-sale only. This year, we witnessed a significant move forward when NFL offered free and live-streaming of the Super Bowl game. Clearly, piracy itself is making life better for all internet users.