meathane Wrote:i don't understand usenet, as in, why people use it. why would you pay to steal? it doesn't make sense.
I understand your confusion, but keep this in mind: Usenet is not just a way to obtain pirated content, it's a worldwide distributed internet discussion system. It's based on UUCP, which predates HTTP. It is, in itself, a form of the internet.
Not everyone who downloads content via Usenet pays an independent Usenet provider. Until a few years ago, all Comcast customers had access to the Usenet as part of their internet package. There are still U.S. providers that include Usenet access as part of their internet service.
So you're not "paying to steal" by purchasing Usenet access every month any more than you're "paying to steal" by paying for your internet service every month. Unless you're stealing your neighbor's WiFi connection you're already familiar with the concept.