PC manufacturers view piracy as "hidden benefit"

id Software's CEO Todd Hollenshead has stated that he believes PC manufacturers' acceptance of piracy and the sharing of content the user does not pay for is the PC hardware industry's "dirty little secret".

According to Hollenshead, manufacturers are secretly happy with levels of piracy in the industry as it helps to sell hardware.

"I think that there's been this dirty little secret among hardware manufacturers, which is that the perception of free content - even if you're supposed to pay for it on PCs - is some sort hidden benefit that you get when you buy a PC, like a right to download music for free or a right to download pirated movies and games," said Hollenshead in an exclusive interview published today.

"I think that if you went in and could see what's going on in their minds, though they may never say that stuff and I'm not saying there's some conspiracy or something like that - but I think the thing is they realise that trading content, copyrighted or not, is an expected benefit of owning a computer."

News source: Gamesindustry.biz

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What he was saying is, due to the large games and need of new hard drives, and the new graphics cards due to the graphic intensity of new games, whether you buy a game or you pirate a game, the hardware manufactures could care less. They still make the money off the hardware

This article is bogus, first off "hardware providers" don't make their hardware pirate for you. It's the end-user's choice if they are going to download illegally. You can't hold the manufactures accountable for the end-users actions. HDD's are getting bigger because, like you said, more and more software is coming out. Does that software have to be "pirated"? No. Graphic cards are getting better because new technology is getting better to support BETTER graphics. There is no possible way for manufactures to provide blocks or anti-pirate software on their hardware without violating the rights of their end-user. The article has no facts, every sentence is an opinion at best; blatant lie at worst.

"Piracy" = popularity. Be thankful people are after your content then being money hungry. If you're after money and profits alone find a new industry to work in like real estate.

Piracy... it's like a bad word now. Okay let's think about this.... you produce an album, it's advertised, and people want to know what it sounds like. So they go visit a torrent site, download the album and listen away. A week or so later they think, **** I can't introduce all of my friends to this because they don't all have MP3/WMA players, crap! I'll just go buy the CD for 15 bucks on Amazon or a similar online store. Tadda! Piracy and its benefits. I'm not saying everyone does it like that, but eventually everyone decides to purchase something they originally pirated at some point. Whether it's software, a game, or music.. (maybe even pr0n) but the benefits of piracy? FREE ADVERTISING.... and yes the hardware companies can sell more and bigger hard drives because people like me have too much pr0n.

i think he has a point... but the same could be said about hard drive manufactures ... cause i can pretty much guarantee that hard drive sales are noticeably higher (even if it's only 10-20percent or so) cause of pirated games/music/'movies' etc.

p.s. also, i pretty much agree with what Skizelli said ... cause at the end of the day Piracy is not as bad as 'they' (i.e MPAA/RIAA etc) make it out to be especially for the average joe just downloading say a typical movie for example... cause odds are they would not have bought it anyways had they not been able to get it for free.... sure, some people might have (so there's some loses) but i would say majority probably would not have had they not been able to get it for free.... and honestly, i think local video rental stores probably take more of a loss than the movie industry does.... cause if people can get movies online (which they obviously can fairly easy) then there's little to no reason to go and rent a DVD (i.e. loses for video rental stores) for the 3-5 dollars it costs.... plus online in some cases it can be easier to find a harder to find movie than in your typical average joe's video rental store.

(ThaCrip said @ #5)
i think he has a point... but the same could be said about hard drive manufactures ... cause i can pretty much guarantee that hard drive sales are noticeably higher (even if it's only 10-20percent or so) cause of pirated games/music/'movies' etc.

p.s. also, i pretty much agree with what Skizelli said ... cause at the end of the day Piracy is not as bad as 'they' (i.e MPAA/RIAA etc) make it out to be especially for the average joe just downloading say a typical movie for example... cause odds are they would not have bought it anyways had they not been able to get it for free.... sure, some people might have (so there's some loses) but i would say majority probably would not have had they not been able to get it for free.... and honestly, i think local video rental stores probably take more of a loss than the movie industry does.... cause if people can get movies online (which they obviously can fairly easy) then there's little to no reason to go and rent a DVD (i.e. loses for video rental stores) for the 3-5 dollars it costs.... plus online in some cases it can be easier to find a harder to find movie than in your typical average joe's video rental store.

While a lot of us (Neowinians) might have our PC's rigged up to a relatively big monitor/TV, not everyone does. Nor do they have a super fast internet connection. There's nothing better than going down to Blockbuster, finding the movie, picking up some food and just sitting down and watching it on the TV -- all for a couple of dollars (minus the food of course). In Australia, a lot of people still uses video rental stores, but I think that's mainly because our Internet down here has sucked for too long.

What dirty little secret? Since when does big business have a conscience? They are just their to make money.

I can totally understand wanting some compensation for your hard work, but it's ridiculous when you blame piracy for low sales. If anything, piracy helps sales by getting their product out there. I commend Ironclad Games for releasing Sins of the Solar Empire without any copy protection, trusting that their game is good enough to buy and that people will buy it. If a product is worth buying, most people will do just that. I also don't believe one bit that piracy has any affect on the video game industry, as it's been going on for decades now and the industry is still going strong. I blame Vista for the slump PC gaming is in right now, and can you really blame people for downloading movies when ticket prices are sky high these days? The MPAA would like you to believe the high prices are due to piracy, but that's BS. Does anyone realize that movie theatres make their money off their concession stands alone and don't see a dime from ticket sales?

I'm neither for or against piracy, as both sides of the argument could be considered greedy.

DUH!!!
i mean come on!!!!

there are loads of mp3 players, none of which are compatible with ALL online stores, yet those mp3 players are also owned by the recording companies (SONY )

(peacemf said @ #1)
DUH!!!
i mean come on!!!!

there are loads of mp3 players, none of which are compatible with ALL online stores, yet those mp3 players are also owned by the recording companies (SONY )

None?

(Laser_iCE said @ #1.1)

None?


YES, none.
Because that would mean that iPods can play "Plays for sure" tracks...
iPods are the only players that play iTunes Store tracks.

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