Sunday, May 6, 2012 8:51:20 PM
[quote">And one just needs to look at music sales from 20 years ago and then compare them to now to see how piracy is detrimentally affecting the entertainment industry.[/quote">
No, you need to look at the whole entertainment industry over that period and look at it in the context of the whole economy (obviously, when the economy is bad people spend less money on entertainment).
The entertainment industry is one of the most profitable in the USA.
Even if the music industry has lost 50% of its profits (and I won't take your word for that without any supporting evidence), that wouldn`t be the result of piracy if people were spending more on videos and games instead of music.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 8:39:17 PM
I think the one thing that justifies stealing music/games/etc would be the ridiculously high prices that go along with legally buying whatever it is in question.
I think that games aren't really all that expensive. The cost per hour of entertainment is quite low if the game is any good.
What`s much worse is the blatant ripping off of customers and control freakery by things such as including physical distribution costs in downloaded copies (a publisher can make 5 times as much profit from a downloaded copy as from a boxed retail copy), taking parts out of the game so it can be sold as DLC to inflate the price, taking control of when and if anyone is allowed to play the game and passing renting off as buying while charging for buying (using piracy as an excuse - nice touch) and killing the second hand market (which promoted the whole bloody industry - idiots).