Pirates are great consumers… also great lovers and fighters

The movie and music industry seem hell bent on portraying pirates as criminals and parasites who cost both industries billions of dollars in lost sales. In order to prove this fact a number of studies are commissioned to help demonstrate the effect a pirate has on sales of entertainment.

The problem with this approach is that it has been found to be biased towards portraying pirates as the movie industry wants them to be seen, rather than presenting the facts. A great example of this has been discovered by the German-language politics and media website Telepolis.

GfK Group is one of the largest market research companies in the world and is often used by the movie industry to carry out research and studies into piracy. Talking to a source within GfK who wished to remain anonymous, Telepolis found that a recent study looking at pirates and their purchasing activities found them to be almost the complete opposite of the criminal parasites the entertainment industry want them to be.

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  1. Up_All_Night

    My non scientific opinion on pirates is this.

    Yes some pirates, probably those that download the most may be more interested in film and tv and therefore spend the most money on dvds, blu-rays, ect. So are high consumers anyway. This could easily lead to more sales. I know a fair few people like this.

    However there are a hell of a lot of people who are more casual downloaders and I think that is where the issue is. I know people who literally never go to the movies any more and never buy dvds. They don’t watch that much to begin with and so downloading has just replaced what they consume almost entirely. People I know like this, the more they get into downloading they seem to be consuming more but still aren’t buying.

    Just observations.

    There’s also a third group who tend to be older, who only pirate literally because there is no opportunity to buy or watch something.

    I generally think the film, tv pirates isn’t really an issue.

    With Music, I think it was an issue, but the real issue they try and hide with blaming pirates is that the industry changed with technology. The product went from albums to songs. The industry went more global so less markets resulting in the cycle for artists life spans to shrink as well as less room more major artists.
    Then technology opened it up to more independent artists who can self, record, publish and distribute. The need for giant labels diminished. The main market got smaller, and the rest became more fragmented and not needing to the big labels.

    Video Games. Well PC video game pirates are cunts who just don’t want to pay. They try and justify it as, “it’s a rip off.” When really they want to play with out paying. Or waiting for a steam sale. The PC video game market gets too ignored because it’s not as big as consoles, so it suffers as a result of shrinking from pirating fuck stains.

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  2. Ceilingcat

    Up_All_Night;1680776 wrote: Video Games. Well PC video game pirates are cunts who just don’t want to pay. They try and justify it as, “it’s a rip off.” When really they want to play with out paying. Or waiting for a steam sale. The PC video game market gets too ignored because it’s not as big as consoles, so it suffers as a result of shrinking from pirating fuck stains.

    *continues to import ALL console and PC games for 1/2 to 1/3 the cost*

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  3. Colonel Kurtz

    I buy more music now that global demand and changes int he market purchasing has led to them reducing the price of CDs (which previously at the price of $30 was a rip off)

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  4. Ceilingcat

    Colonel Kurtz;1680828 wrote: I buy more music now that global demand and changes int he market purchasing has led to them reducing the price of CDs (which previously at the price of $30 was a rip off)

    I think I have bought a grand total of 4 cds in my whole life. That’s actually not many now that I think about it lol.

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