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Internet piracy won’t stop if the prices remain out of reach

Did you know that one Dilbert comic strip will cost you a whopping $35? Yes, that’s right. $35 for sharing a funny image in your non-commercial blog. The prices for commercial usage are even higher but that’s fine and can be justified since the image becomes an investment. But how can we justify that price for a personal blog?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all fully aware that the creator’s work should be paid. I’m a strong proponent of fair compensation for all products and services. I also have no problem with the freedom of setting a price for your product. In the end, the owner is free to do whatever comes to mind.

I’m talking about the accessibility of those products. Internet piracy inevitably occurs in cases where end customers can’t afford to get the product legally because it’s expensive. Most people don’t dream about stealing from creators, they don’t say “man, I enjoy stealing so much I’d like to do this again and again”.

Do you remember those news reports from Eastern Europe in the 90’s when piracy was an overwhelming problem? Guess what happens when destroyed economies and most people living beyond the poverty line match weak intellectual property protection. When people have no chance of acquiring the content legally they will be looking for other ways.

Those were physical mediums, such as CDs and VHS tapes, that are relatively easy to identify and relatively hard to copy. Now we’re talking about a picture on the Internet, that is as hard to copy as it is hard to hit Cmd+C/Cmd+V on your keyboard.

Obviously, the point of this rant is not the Dilbert comic, but what this comic represents. Amazing art that is virtually not accessible to share or reproduce in any form, even non-commercially.

Ukrainian is fine. It’s official.

During almost 400 years of the occupation, Russia banned the Ukrainian language multiple times. Their approach is simple. Destroy their history and language, and they will surrender. Look at Belarus. Once, it was a part of the Lithuanian state, and after Moscovites captured the territory, they ordered to call it The White Rus (Bela Rus).

Well, who cares about the name if they are a separate ethnicity with their own language, right? Russians do care. So they did everything possible to make the captured state think they belong to Moscow. Do you know that now only 10% of Belarussians speak the language of their ancestors? The deletion of their national identity is almost over. Russians did succeed there. Sadly, England did the same to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Their languages have been almost forgotten.

On the contrary, Ukrainians are not that easy to crack. Even now, 30 years after the declared independence, we encounter countless Russian propaganda attacks. The enormous amount of resources that Kremlin invests in all the fake news and rewritings of history is barely comprehensible.

And yet we are still speaking Ukrainian, fighting their army in the East, and look forward to joining EU and NATO. How is this possible? It’s hard to find a proper answer. The important thing is that the Ukrainian has never been stronger than now.

Since January 16th, 2020, Ukrainian is mandatory for all public services. Throughout the country. Feel free to speak another language if you want, but you know the default option. That’s not all the fun. In 2022, all websites that serve Ukrainian customers will need to have the Ukrainian language. Isn’t that great?

To sum up, 400 years of tortures, mass murders, ethnic cleansings, famines, wars, constant brainwashing, and banning Ukrainian from public use ended with nothing. Cyka blyat.