Originally posted by Domo1
reply to post by PsykoOps
"Piracy" incrases profits. People who like what is being produced will always pay for it. "Piracy" is just free advertisement.
BS. Why pay when you get it for free? Why do people here support stealing? You wouldn't steal a car, would you?
Equating piracy to stealing a car is rather... odd. If I stole a car, the car is gone. However, in terms of file sharing, the car is still in your
driveway. In fact, it never moved an inch. I just created a duplicate that in no way effects the performance of your car.
PsykoOps may have gone just a bit too far by saying always, but piracy can very well help sales. Look at the anime market, many Japanese studios
actually embrace fan-subbing community because it builds interest in many different countries. This boost sales when the shows are localized for that
Pirates who enjoy what they're pirating, if they have the means, buy the product more than you would think. I have about 6TB of files and I have more
legally owned music, movies, books, and games than anyone I know (including people who don't pirate). I also attend concerts, which also boost
profits for artists.
Additionally, studios like to pretend that 1 download equals 1 lost sale. I've downloaded many things that I would never have spent money on, simply
because it didn't seem like my thing. Some of that, I was right about. I hated it and deleted it. I would have been royally pissed to have wasted the
hard earned cash on such trash. Others, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it very much and did buy a legal copy.
Of course, I don't own everything I have. Last year, I did the math. To buy everything that I had, it would have cost me over a million dollars to
buy it new, where profits actually make it back to the content makers. Sure, I could buy it used, but none of that gets to the people who created it
and would defeat the purpose. Hell, I'd argue that pawn shops and the like are more harmful than pirates.
Another thing is that pirates can advertise the product by posting opinions online and talking about it with friends and family. If I keep raving
about how awesome I thought "The man From Earth" was, eventually someone I know is going to rent it and see what they think. If a friend says
they're not sure whether they really want to buy Infamous 2 or not, I can tell them how much I enjoyed it and they may be persuaded.
Pirates aren't heartless, selfish, monsters out to destroy the world. Some of us are too poor. Some of us hate the studios. Some of us hate the DRM
that attempts to restricts us. Some of us live in countries where the media is far to expensive or unavailable. Some of us are even addicts, blowing
through content a hundred times faster than everyone else. But all of us are fans, otherwise we wouldn't waste the bandwidth.