Teaser for Pirate's Dilemma TV show

Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma, sez, "Jesse Alexander (producer of Heroes and Lost) and I have been working on turning The Pirate's Dilemma into a TV show, we've just put a teaser up for what that show might look like here: Jesse read the book and saw the pirates I talked about from the worlds of youth culture as real life heroes - people with no special powers who managed to to turn society and old business models upside down with superhuman strength. We connected and started working on this idea, along with John Carluccio and Mark Kotlinski from CurrentTV. The trailer is an early sketch of where we are going with this.

"Also I finally got my publishers to put the book out as a pay-what-you-want PDF!" Link to video, Link to downloadable PDF (Thanks, Matt!)

See also:
Pirate's Dilemma slideshow video -- pirates will save the world
Pirate's Dilemma author's speech: "To get rich off pirates, copy them"


  1. Thanks Cory. BTW, I didn’t get the Fullbright to study the Pirate Party, but I’m may try again next year.

    Bad, bad, bad Pirates!!!

    Esp. all those Jews who founded Hollywierd….

  2. The modern flash game industry co-opts piracy into its business model. Portals and advertisers pay developers to put links in their games, so when the game is “stolen” by turn-key portal sites, it spreads the links all across the electroweb.

  3. A simple argument:

    1. It is permissible (or, some would argue, obligatory) to break unjust laws.
    2. “Intellectual property” laws are unjust.
    3. Therefore, we may (and arguably should) violate “intellectual property” laws.

    (2 requires further support, and is probably too sweeping. Suffice to say that the current regime of intellectual property laws are by and large unfair and run counter to the common good.)

    What makes this struggle different from previous battles against injustice is that violating the law is easier than ever and the consequences (if you’re careful) are minor on non-existent.

    Self-interest also dovetails nicely here, because violating the law lets you get all kinds of free stuff!

    Corporations can fight all they like, but they will fail. Creating artificial scarcity is the real crime.


  4. Has anyone actually read this book, The Pirate’s Dilemma? Check out Mason’s disclaimer: “First things first: some acts of piracy are quite simply theft. Every year industry loses billions to piracy. Companies suffer, artists and creators lose their earnings, and people lose their jobs” (36).

    The gauge of ‘revolutionary’ success in each of Mason’s examples of “punk capitalism” is how much money the ‘pirate’-spirited entrepreneur made. This book is only a manual for how media conglomerates can co-opt youth movements. It has nothing to do with actual piracy, only with how to attach a commodifier to various subcultures.

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