In May I started a poll on the site where I asked if people would be willing to download illegally something they had bought, while waiting for it to arrive in the post.The poll will remain open so you can still influence the results, but so far this is what visitors voted:
Don’t know 3.77%
It seems clear that the majority would have no problems with downloading from Pirate Bay or some similar site when their CD is on its way in the post. Even though this is not a scientific poll, and I don’t know who voted, it does indicate that people feel if you have bought something, the rights that the purchase gives you are yours to exploit even if the mailman is slow.
It’s also IMO a great business idea that big sellers of CDs and DVDs could make available a digital version that you can download if you have ordered something physical. After all, lots of people rip their physical media as soon as they get it, so getting the MP3 version of a CD is just a matter of time. Why not be helpful and give people what they want? Maybe getting the files instantly would encourage more people to buy physical media. After all, film studios have recently packed computer files in DVDs so that customers who buy a DVD can watch the film on their computer if they prefer so, without ripping the film, thus perhaps reducing the chances of piracy. Maybe the other way around for music vendors online would work.