My View of Internet Piracy

January 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm (Other) (, , )

With the promising news of SOPA coming under fire and the irritating revelation that the NDAA passed, I figured that I’d share my views of online piracy.

 

I’ve always seen piracy as rarely a price issue. It’s most commonly a service issue.

The simple fact of the matter is that some people find pirating services to be more convenient than official services.

So how do you stop piracy and save the entertainment industry from losing their minimal amount of money? Well, you can’t and quite frankly, they have more than enough money already. However, you can make your service more convenient than that of a pirate.

Why do you think that so many people use iTunes and Steam?

Simple. These distributors are usually hassle free (Apple’s absurd screening process and Steam’s ability to crash at random times, I’m looking at you), it organizes all of your files for you and it makes it easy to access all of your purchased material.

It’s not enough to own the rights to selling a product. Piracy creates a forced competition against something that cannot be eliminated. It’s, in the end, good for a company. It forces them to be better than the pirates.

That being said, you will never end piracy. Someone will always steal a product. Cost, boredom, malicious intent, the reason doesn’t matter. It will happen, it has always happened.

And no, I do not condone to stealing via piracy. I simply see it as an evil that will never go away. Even if the internet was shut down, you’d still have people burning CDs and DVDs.

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