Nate Anderson at Ars Technica cites two instances where those on the copyright maximalist side of the copyfight are starting to think better of pushing the term “pirate” around with such abandon. You know, since they cannot win on logic or facts, they have to progress through ever more loaded terms, now the vogue trending towards outright “thief”.
The reasoning shared by the head of the International Actors’ Federation and the son of notoriously out of touch media giant, Rupert Murdoch, is that the term is essentially too appealing. This happens with cultural rhetoric. Each side is free to co-opt and alter to suit the terminology of the other based on some attraction, perverse or otherwise. This is pretty common though usually it is in the realm of corporate advertisers clubbing to death current youth culture.
James Murdoch, for one, rejects any sort of arguments around considering opportunities suggested by “pirates”, such as those explored in Matt Mason’s, “The Pirate’s Dilemma“. Good luck with that. Ignoring reality in favor of feverishly crafted rhetoric has worked so well so far.