Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
You always hear people say Internet Piracy hurts sales. Don't you wish someone would do a large study to find out if this is true or not? Now someone
has and the results say Piracy does Not hurt sales.
I think this depends on the industry.
And let me start by saying that I'm not interested in any ridiculous discussion about morality or religion, so if that's what you feel like doing to
reply to this then don't bother, I won't respond to you. This is about piracy, not whether you think adult media is evil or not.
I know for a fact that piracy is having a devastating effect on the adult entertainment business around the world. This is the industry I currently
work in, and I know that people at all levels of the industry are hurting due to piracy.
This is because the model of the business is completely different to Hollywood. These are mostly not gigantic corporations backed by billions of $'s.
They don't have investors backing production for a cut of the profits. Many of the studios and sites in the adult business are small, and they
operate on a completely different method using their own profits to invest in production.
How is piracy killing off the business? For one thing, the studios are paying performers less, they are cutting production staff and cutting
investment in the quality of production (I don't expect anyone to put their hand up and admit it, but some here will know that the quality and style
of a lot of studios is visibly lower than it was just five years ago, with the same themes, the same performers, the same sets and locations...).
Because of the lower pay in the business now many are leaving, or moving elsewhere. Male performers are leaving one side of the business to earn more
in gay adult business (they are paid more) but women don't have this option and many are retiring.
Affiliates are also hurting and have been for a decade. Many are leaving the business as sales figures fall, and I have seen evidence myself that
those sites which sell well are spending a lot of their profit on fighting piracy to get their own stolen content away from the tubes and file
sharers. Basically, affiliates are deciding to promote the sites that do not have content freely available across the tubes and file sharing sites.
The thing that gets me the most about all of this is that the audience is too ignorant to know what this means for the business. As more and more
content is stolen and distributed by thieves (yes, that is EXACTLY what it is) the quality of the content is collapsing, and the business is becoming
smaller and smaller.
Every time someone downloads a video or watches something made by an adult studio without paying for it, they are contributing to the decline of the
business. Soon, all those people will have nothing else to entertain them than amateurs on tube sites and old clips. They'll then be complaining that
the industry is all but gone, and they'll have no one to blame but themselves.
I will agree on one thing though, the businesses need to change. Fighting piracy is a two-way street and some concessions should be made. If movies
were released in the US and around the world at the same time, this would take a massive chunk out of piracy. If TV shows were available to stream
around the world, this would also help. There is nothing to stop these Hollywood studios and TV networks from cashing in on a global audience and
selling their content around the world simultaneously. The fact that none of them are doing that right now is fundamentally what is harming their