Brooklyn, NY - Adam Hauch, 16, announced his retirement from the
Internet piracy scene.
are worried about the growing number of young people leaving the
illegal downloading lifestyle. Hans VanDerBeat from the Institute
for Moral Corruption said, "This is a threat to the entire Western
economy. Without these morally challenged computer-literate young
men, we will lose our last competitive edge. Where will we recruit
the managers and consultants of tomorrow? India? If this goes on,
we'll mirror Japan: Stuck in a mess of authoritarianism and
obedience, lacking any flexibility."
Hauch a prominent member of the illegal downloading community explained
the move on his weblog, illegalwarez.r.us, "I've been pirating
since 2000 and that's a long career in this line of work. In addition
there is really nothing else for me to download. Those are the
reasons I am hanging up my eyepatch today. So long, and thanks
for all the
Hauch is the second retirement by a high-profile pirate in the past
two weeks. Tyler Scraunch, formerly known as MistaSupaLeecha ended
his career last Tuesday. Tyler now devotes his time to the challenges
of the real world. Not only has he improved his grade point average
from a B+ to an A-, but he has also attended a school dance.
"You have to understand that the warez life is demanding," said
Tyler. "Staying on top needs great effort. Most contenders
work 14-16 hours, seven days a week. Eventually, everyone burns
The burn out is blamed on two reasons: A lack of pirate-worthy
material and the increasing bandwidth available to young people.
VanDerBeat explained, "When you're paying flat-rate for
your Internet connection, you need to make the most of it. A
pirate spends hours looking for stuff they have not already downloaded.
And trust me, nothing feels worse than downloading a crappy Singaporean
cam of X-Men 3, only to realize that you already have it."
VanDerBeat said that one solution would be limiting bandwidth and
putting more Star Trek episodes in circulation.
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