incrediBILL - 10:38 pm on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: incrediBILL at 10:46 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2011]
Says the guy who spends most of his waking life trying to stop people from scraping his site.
Completely different, apples and oranges.
The scrapers are trying to make a profit off my content.
Those passing around eBooks with hacked DRM usually aren't trying to make a profit.
I didn't suggest all legal means shouldn't be used to protect their property, I merely stated that those that would stoop to take a free book, or music, or movie, probably wouldn't have purchased them in the first place which played to the OT of whether they were actually losing money from the act of the piracy or not.
In the case of the scraping, where the content is being monetized against your own site, it's obvious there's going to be a loss of revenue.
Likewise, If the pirated books were actually being sold, opposed to given away freely, then there would be an obvious loss of revenue to consider.
Just consider in the real world how books are used and you start to get the idea there's a lot more being read than sold. I personally knew a group of 6-10 people that bought similar types of books and would share them within that group. Not piracy whatsoever as it's legal to give away your book after you've read it, or resell it, but it obviously impacted the authors revenue stream.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 10:46 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2011]