My boyfriend is a tech geek, by profession and vocation. He was an early adapter of the Internet and believes strongly in its founding values — that “information wants to be free.”
I admire his geek credentials and tech skills, but there’s something he does, with pride, that bugs me a lot. He pirates everything. He can figure out to download almost any popular movie, song, TV show, or book — any entertainment for which most people pay a fee — for free.
I am a writer, and can earn a living only if other people buy the things I write. I feel my boyfriend is undermining me — if not directly, then indirectly.
Who is right?
— Starving Artist