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"Worst" file-sharing pirates spend 300% more on content

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has just published a study into the state of online copyright infringement in the UK, with some very interesting conclusions. The researchers found that 10% of the country

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First, quick read of the article made me think of the 'try before you buy' arguement that I hear all the time when speaking to people I know who do that

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300% more maybe but they pirate 10,000% more too, Seems like a net loss still to me.

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300% more maybe but they pirate 10,000% more too, Seems like a net loss still to me.

Well if we're just going to throw random numbers around, 1,000,000% of all pirates still buy more legitimate media than honest consumers :p
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300% more maybe but they pirate 10,000% more too, Seems like a net loss still to me.

There is no "loss": they've bought to their means and then stopped, or they wouldn't have bought it at all if they didn't pirate it. A large portion would opt for the "I'll go without it then" over the "I'll go into my savings for it."

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300% more maybe but they pirate 10,000% more too, Seems like a net loss still to me.

If you assume all the stuff they pirate they would have spent money on otherwise. A common fallacy.

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Well probably just me but I use to pirate a lot of software and movies. I also went to the theater every week almost and bought a few games and what not every month as well. I have haven't pirated anything in the last year and also I have not been to theater once and only bought 1 game all year. Maybe just a coincidence. Or I am just getting older lol. I just do not like paying for something that has a 50/50 chance to suck.

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Well if we're just going to throw random numbers around, 1,000,000% of all pirates still buy more legitimate media than honest consumers :p

you mean me? or the original article author? This is what i meant, numbers can just be thrown out there

There is no "loss": they've bought to their means and then stopped, or they wouldn't have bought it at all if they didn't pirate it. A large portion would opt for the "I'll go without it then" over the "I'll go into my savings for it."

I know this concept, but we don't know about the details

If you assume all the stuff they pirate they would have spent money on otherwise. A common fallacy.

I know this, I have done it.

I am willing to bet the top 10% as stated in the article are NOT users but collectors and distributors.

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If the content owners didn't treat there customers like criminals 1st, and refuse to even acknowledge the full truth of the situations.

Copyright won't be such a polarizing issue. The flat denial of pirates don't buy software, ever copy is treated as a lost sale only adds to the hate against them.

I believe the long term solution is to make media prices reasonably, make no/minimal drm. When they remove the general "hate" of a company, peer pressure, and feeling bad about copying content decreases the privacy level, and increases sales.

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How can they know this stuff? Seems to me like they are just throwing numbers out there and hopes someone will believe them.

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If the content owners didn't treat there customers like criminals 1st, and refuse to even acknowledge the full truth of the situations.

Copyright won't be such a polarizing issue. The flat denial of pirates don't buy software, ever copy is treated as a lost sale only adds to the hate against them.

I believe the long term solution is to make media prices reasonably, make no/minimal drm. When they remove the general "hate" of a company, peer pressure, and feeling bad about copying content decreases the privacy level, and increases sales.

I'm with you on that. prices are getting worse every year, and your getting less for your money as well. it gets me angry when i think about it.

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How can they know this stuff? Seems to me like they are just throwing numbers out there and hopes someone will believe them.

Well, the study was done by Ofcom (Office of Communications), who are the government authority for the broadcasting, telecommunication and postal industries, so when a government-backed corporation is saying what they've said in the article, it throws quite the spanner in the works of bullies like the RIAA (or over here, the BPI).

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