Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Nov 2009 17:39 UTC, submitted by Tom Curtis
Legal As regular readers on OSNews will know, I'm quite opposed to the concept of post-sale restrictions, but also the insane countermeasures undertaken by the film and music industry against individuals who illegally download content. The reason I'm so opposed to these things is not because I approve of the act of illegal downloading - no, it's all about the slippery slope effect.
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These guys make me sick.
by Drumhellar on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:28 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

I'm not sure how they expect to keep their already huge profits by litigation against their customers. There have been several studies done by various consumer groups that indicate that people who download music spend more money on music than those who don't download.

The means of getting entertainment to the masses have changed, and the movie and recording industries need to be nimble.

Not so long ago, those industries were screaming bloody murder at the concept of easily-recordable cassette tapes. Then, it was CD burning. "We'll be out of business overnight!" they cried. But, that didn't happen.

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RE: These guys make me sick.
by Kalessin on Fri 13th Nov 2009 19:51 in reply to "These guys make me sick."
Kalessin Member since:
2007-01-18

The RIAA and MPAA don't want to hear that pirating actually increases sales. Pirating is wrong, and they rightly view any illegal download of a something copyrighted by one of their members as theft. They view that as lost revenue and are attempting to both regain some of that lost revenue and deter anyone else from illegally downloading anything and thus robbing them of even more revenue.

Maybe, if you could absolutely prove beyond a doubt that they were actually making more money thanks to piracy, they might stop try to litigate everyone into oblivion. But even if someone who illegally downloads music were to buy ten times as much music as they would have otherwise, will they pay for every song that they illegally downloaded? Unlikely. And if not, then they're listening to music which they haven't paid for and the RIAA wants that money.

The principle of the matter alone will likely get them to continue this nonsense for some time to come. Even if they're making more money thanks to piracy, it's still piracy, and they aren't going to let that slide. Maybe it's stupid of them (they're certainly going too far with suits and the like trying to stop it, in any case), but I really don't see them backing down.

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