Hundreds of people are in attendance, feverishly maneuvering to score that elusive, coveted file. The time and date are irrelevant -- this fury of activity takes places 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The place, however, is highly significant, given the task at hand. I am exploring the world of software piracy, and my first stop is the free market economy of an IRC warez channel. The trip was remarkably brief and uncomplicated, and now I sit hunkered in my seat, certain that any moment, my front door will be hammered down by government officials intent on prosecuting this reluctant deviant.