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I'll admit that most of the time I am a selfish bastard and I pirate because I am addicted to collecting things. I have hundreds of movies, some of which I have never even watched, countless albums, thousands of eBooks . . . It isn't for some sacred cause that I found this path. I got here because I like to stick it to the man; I am here now because I have become convinced this is the right thing to do.
I used cracked software, ripped DVDs and CDs and shared files with my friends (in real life) long before I ever even heard of torrents. When I did, I just used to hit and run- getting what I wanted without even seeding at all. Somewhere along the line this changed for me.
I uploaded my first album.
No one commented, very few people downloaded it and I got absolutely no recognition for it- but it still felt awesome. Knowing that I had uploaded something that wasn't out there anywhere made me feel like I was part of a bigger picture . . . part of a new subculture where goodwill is actually alive and well. Now I understand what it takes for encoders and uploaders to get that content to us and happily seed what I've taken and more.
One of the few places left where people actually go out of their way to help others is here in the file sharing community. We strive to be the first to supply, retrieve, reseed and answer questions; we laugh and learn together- and most of all, we stick it to the man . . . together. I for one am proud to be a part of this.
Sharing . . . it is the only way.
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