incrediBILL - 1:13 am on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
Bill you just keep babbling on. Give it a rest. Wheel's right.
I was hardly babbling, maybe I should draw a picture instead.
1. I didn't disagree with Wheel whatsoever, he's right, copyright should be protected.
2. Enforcing copyright does not equal watershed of lost income. While copyright should be enforced and maybe it will recover some lost income, unless you're the size of Disney it's not likely to be the big windfall people think it will be.
3. Honest people will always buy things honestly and the rest (pirates, thieves, etc.) are hardly in the product marketing plan in the first place. Ever meet anyone that makes a good living running around looking for a place to steal a book or a movie?
4. Lastly, there are legal places to get books, movies, music for free or low cost, like I pointed out such as the library, used media resellers, or borrowed/loaned/hand-me-downs. How many know the Nook and now Kindle allow sharing? There's no additional revenue from those shared eBooks, just legal within the DRM. So even if you close the pirate sites, the media is still publicly available for free, nothing has really changed except the convenience of acquisition.
people always make the same tired argument that whomever would take your content for free wouldn't pay for it. I beg to differ.
I beg to differ as well. I've known people living on the fringe. They download pirate stuff because it's either buy a book, movie, music or buy food. You do the math. They will never create revenue for the author.
Regarding is it an opportunity?
Only if you put it out free yourself in a very public way, such as how Justin Bieber and many others have done on YouTube. Having your work stolen and buried in a torrent somewhere is hardly the kind of publicity that results in opportunities.