reply to post by ProfessorT
Meh, I wouldn't really call this backlash, just a beginner's course in greed.
Musicians make, on average, 13% of total record sales. And that is split up amongst not only the band but also the producer, lawyer, business
manager, and personal manager. So when someone downloads an album they are indeed depriving the record label and distributors (be they iTunes, Best
Buy, etc) but the musicians? About the cost of 2 packs of cigarettes. As we have seen in the past, when artists independently produce albums or
offer them for whatever the public thinks is appropriate, they make money. A ton of cash, as evidenced by:
The band profited greatly, the fans loved the prices (King of Limbs drove vinyl sales through the roof), and everyone had a good smile at the end of
Of course, this only covers music...we haven't even delved into film yet, which I will refrain from unless someone actually cares.
The point of this all? Pirating is what we do in response to outmoded business models and insane prices. Years ago I would visit the theater once a
week...sometimes twice. Paying full price every time for a ticket to see a film. I would then eagerly await the DVD release and purchase it new once
it dropped to the public. How did I do all of this, spend this excess on entertainment? I had a decent job with a livable wage. Now?
Now I deliver pizza for a local pizza joint. My career choice is out the window (medical billing for a variety of clinics of you are interested) and
my entertainment fund surplus? Gone. In a given week, I don't see films in theaters. I own a handful of DVDs. I don't have cable access and I
connect to the internet via my cell phone and tethering. If I don't have the cash to spend on entertainment, yet I download films I wouldn't
otherwise pay to see...who loses money?
And that's the core of the argument.
When film studios release multi-million dollar films based on Hasbro board games, and the movie subsequently sucks...who pays to see it? Who buys the
DVD? The same people who always have. I never intended to see Battleship in theaters and I never intended to purchase the film on DVD...so if I
download it, who am I harming?
Pirating benefits society twofold...it brings us information that we might not otherwise have access to because yes, there are valid and entirely
legal reasons for Demonoid and TPB to be accessible, and there are valid reasons for uTorrent to exist. The second reason is the kicker...when
Hollywood and SyFy and Jive Records, etc realize people don't want to see, listen to, or read # they will respond by releasing the opposite. Not
No more capitalizing on the popularity of Twilight by releasing an untold number of crappy books, movies, etc that share the exact same, lukewarm
thematic elements. And so on.
No anger towards you here, man, just expressing myself and my views...as you are welcome to do as well.
Thanks for reading.