Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 23:22 UTC
In the News "A major new report from a consortium of academic researchers concludes that media piracy can't be stopped through 'three strikes' Internet disconnections, Web censorship, more police powers, higher statutory damages, or tougher criminal penalties. That's because the piracy of movies, music, video games, and software is 'better described as a global pricing problem'. And the only way to solve it is by changing the price."
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RE: generation 'entitlement'
by Damnshock on Tue 15th Mar 2011 10:46 UTC in reply to "generation 'entitlement'"
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Screw this line of reasoning that you should be entitled to buy stuff at the price point you can afford. If you can't afford it, you can't afford it. End of story.

No, you're not entitled to watch any blockbuster movie you fancy at a price point of your liking. You're not entitled anything at all other than your basic human rights, which does not include affordable consumption of hollywood produce.

I kinda agree with your thinking although we must not forget that people do not think as you do. In a perfect world it would be as you say and the world would respect your pricing and don't buy the product if they can afford it. Wanna know what? that's not *reality*.

However, you must agree that they would sell much more copies if they priced things differently. 30€ for a dvd won't get you any sales at all in India. 1-2€ will. Don't you agree?

Anyway, piracy is not only about pricing. I'll explain my case:

I live in Barcelona which is among the richest cities in Europe (and in Spain) and my friends and I, although not rich, are far from "poor" people (I'm probably the one that earns the lowest) and we could easily pay for a movie, software or whatever. The thing is that I'm the only one that does so. And it's not only my friends: it's *everybody*.

There is an expression in spanish that explains this thinking: "tonto el último" which is "silly the last one". It's normal here to get things for free as long as authorities/whoever don't catch you and,in fact, most people laugh at me when they realize I *want* to pay for the things I consume. You know, I believe it the right thing to do: you get something in exchange for money. People think "if I can get it for free... why would I pay?" and the ridiculous thing is that their excuse is: they are big companies, they won't die because of me not paying for the product. "What if everybody things as you do" I always ask: "luckily for me, not everybody does" is the usual answer...

This makes me sad as I live in a society that actually do not believe in itself ;)

And the older I get the worse the situation becomes.

So, in my humble opinion, piracy is *NOT* about pricing rather than people's respect for the work of others.

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