I was just reading a really great article on Internet Piracy, and about various approaches to handling internet piracy. The main focus is that some people pirate simply because what they want is not available. Check it out!
Sounds like a good idea to me. I think that the economy has a big impact on the piracy issue. Like, with everything else, the poor economy has driven people to take different measures. Most of which are illegal.
Well, as an example, I really wanted the soundtrack to White Christmas (Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney White Christmas) but the one being sold at the time was incomplete and didn't have all the songs. Tragic! Luckily, i found the correct CD on Amazon's used CD department... for $72.43. I couldn't afford that, so I checked out a torrent search engine and the whole thing popped up; I had it about four hours later.
As for the rest of piracy, here's the rub. If I DVR tonight's episode of, say, Hell's Kitchen, or I watch it tomorrow on Hulu, what does it matter that I download it using a torrent? I understand that for feature films, it hurts the industry, or if CDs or Episodes are leaked it damages sales and the entertainers, but if it's free media, I don't see how it becomes problematic except that it effects ratings.
Beyond that, I think the nature of entertainment is shifting with the advent of internet and computing being so readily available... I'll be interested to see how it all pans out.
Yeah, I never really thought much about it... but the lacking of availability and options are a logical reason for people to look elsewhere. I have definitely fallen under this category. You can find out of print records on torrent sites, and paying $50 - $100 for them on Ebay just isn't an option.
I think this type of piracy is the aftermath of the greed of the record companies after years and years of over-charging for albums. Instead of buying into "you sell more if they're cheaper" they went with "you get more money if you charge more".
After a few years of paying more than $15 for a cd I've only liked one or two songs on, I don't really feel bad for them. It's not as though the bands get money from album sales.
As for TV shows, buying whole seasons or episodes is still a relatively new idea, one that is really just icing on the cake for the companies. This, if I remember correctly, was the basis for the 07 writers strike. I'm all for companies making money; I'm just not a fan of them going overboard with it. Look at the Walmart/Sam's Club model: sell more at a lower cost.