In short, the cartoon depicts a generic Oatmeal character—presumably standing in for the Oatmeal’s creator, Matthew Inman—as he struggles to watch the HBO show Game of Thrones. With an angel on his left shoulder and a devil on his right, he weighs whether to pirate the show.
At first, the angel wins, and the character tries to pay to watch the show. He goes to Netflix, where the release date for the show is listed as “unknown.” It’s similarly unavailable on iTunes, and attempting to watch it on Hulu Plus forwards him to HBO.com, where he’s told he needs to sign up for HBO with his cable provider in order to stream the show.
“The reason I use all these other websites is because I don’t have or want cable,” the character laments.
Unless what I watched turned out to be a big, fat disappointment.
There is also a lot of evidence that shows that copyright laws, as currently written, actually hinder creativity.
Also, if you steal my bike I can file a police report and press charges against you. Plus, my homeowner's insurance will help me replace my bike.
Would you pay a monthly fee to be able to watch a particular channel (sans the need for all you can eat cable or satellite massive monthly bill)?
Do you do ethical bittorenting?
This kind of thinking takes away any incentive creative people have to make anything.
That doesn't mean copying isn't stealing.
Still, creative people must have had some incentive to make things before, as proven by the fact that they made them.
Nothing has been taken away from you.
people paid them - had them on staff - you know this stuff