Via the BBC:
Campaigns to persuade people to stop downloading pirated games or software from the internet are not working, a report suggests.
Two UK university researchers found that people did not see downloading copyrighted material as theft.
The findings are unwelcome news for the games industry, which says it loses more than £2bn annually from piracy.
Who’d a thunk it.
Those in the movie/gaming/music/software industries cry whine and wring their collective hands over lost revenue through piracy. I have zero sympathy for them and here’s why.
Pirated DVD’s here in the Philippines have reached the same level of quality as the originals. Sound is 6 channel, video is excellent, the only thing missing in some, but not all cases, are the extra features. And the frosting on this theft cake are availability. The Disney “Herbie” flic released this week in the States was available on the streets of Manila early this week. The same can be said for many of the recent Hollywood releases, Robot, Shrek 2 and Madagascar all appeared at or just before the US release date.
The only explaination for that are industry insiders are cashing in by leaking the masters, or first generation copies, and Fedexing them to “partners in piracy” in Asia or elsewhere. That also explains why the extra features are missing, those are added when the DVD’s are produced six months or so after the movie is released
So until they clean their own house I shed no tears!
Cross posted On the Third Hand