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Studies and research

May 3rd, 2014 by

There are tons of studies and meta-studies about the effects of media piracy – and just to be sure you don’t assume anything, many of them show how piracy has a positive effect on paid and legal media consumption. Just to mention two reasons why piracy can be a positive contributor; when you can sample and try songs, books and movies for free, you take chances more often and will be exposed to things you didn’t know, and will go on to buy it if you like it. And second, if you copy from friends, family and internet buddies, you are more likely to find things you like because people you are familiar with know your taste and you know their taste, so the chances of finding something you feel is worthy of buying increases.

I won’t go into all the studies or even try to summarize them, as they are too many, but I will mention one quote which is important to have in mind. The following quote is not the findings of all studies, because the studies cover so many aspects of p2p and piracy, but for several studies to actually find the following should make any hardcore antipirates think twice about their black & white view on piracy:

The biggest music pirates are also the biggest spenders on recorded music. Our German results appear to confirm this finding–in fact, extravagantly so. German P2P users buy nearly 3 times as much digital music as their non-P2P using peers.

Here are two links that lead to pages that link to a huge amount of studies:

If you are interested in what science, academia and professional surveys KNOW about media piracy rather than what you THINK about it, check out these pages and studies.





Pirate Bay documentary

March 5th, 2013 by

Simon Klose has filmed a documentary about The Pirate Bay, and encouraged everyone to make it available around the net, so here goes:




Game of profit

March 3rd, 2013 by

This month the second season of the popular TV series Game of Thrones is launched on DVD and BluRay in Norway.

The series is one of the most illegally downloaded TV shows. In spite of that, the sales figures look very good. The first season sold 43000 box sets in Norway, a very good figure for a box set in a small country. The second season had a day-one sale of 22500 box sets.

The TV business said that illegal downloading ruined the commercial possibilities of TV shows. But as was the case with the popular Lost series, box sets and single DVDs and BluRays are selling very well, at least in Norway, where I live.

Maybe it even is BECAUSE of illegal downloading? People are tired of waiting, tired of advert breaks, and tired of watching only one episode per week. But I think they are also tired of the relatively low quality of the downloaded files, so when the box sets come out, they buy them.

Both Lost and Game of Thrones have proved that illegal downloads do not kill the business, but can add to it, since new customers (viewers) are reached, and stronger bonds are tied.



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    This blog is written by a media pirate, Long John Silver, and is published by an independent publisher to protect the identity of the pirate. If the blog is abruptly deleted, it has been killed by the host, the police or the media industry.