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[2]: No shit !!!
by kaiwai on Tue 15th Mar 2011 13:31 UTC in reply to "RE: No shit !!!"
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At least they realized it before the media companies who still hasn't figured it out.

But I think the point the original poster was getting at is the fact that this is hardly shocking news for those living in the real world - when Adobe is charging NZ$1000+ for their software is it any surprise that they're so wildly pirated? It is interesting though with AppStore it has operated as a downward pressure on software vendors to reduce their prices. People aren't going to pay a huge amount for something when they can readily compare it to other products in the virtual store - I can only hope that maybe in the future there will be downward pressure on movies and music - and some actors might have to cope with the fact that they aren't going to be paid $120million to appear in a film.

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RE[3]: No shit !!!
by Soulbender on Tue 15th Mar 2011 13:44 in reply to "RE[2]: No shit !!!"
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But I think the point the original poster was getting at is the fact that this is hardly shocking news for those living in the real world

Yes you'd think so but it would seem that's not the case.
Imagine Adobe charging NZ$1000 in the philippines where the average monthly salary is less than half of that. It would appear a lot of people are out of touch with reality.

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RE[4]: No shit !!!
by ebasconp on Tue 15th Mar 2011 14:39 in reply to "RE[3]: No shit !!!"
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Completely agree with you.

The same problems occur here (in Bolivia) with software, music, movies and books.

A good computer science book can easily cost 70$ in Amazon; but 70$ in my country is the budget you can spend paying your lunches for the whole month. So I do not understand the point: do publisher companies (of software, DVDs, books, etc.) prefer their products to be pirated in the developing world instead of offering them to a price accessible to our income?

I'm ok with paying for all the software I have, but, as software programmer, I can easily find free or very cheap versions of the tools I need; but if I would be a graphical designer, for example, in my country I would not have any option but buying a pirated Photoshop.

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RE[3]: No shit !!!
by bert64 on Tue 15th Mar 2011 20:30 in reply to "RE[2]: No shit !!!"
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Most Adobe software is targeting a relatively small niche market, there are very few people who actually need photoshop (most of whom can afford to pay for it) and a lot more people who's needs could be served perfectly adequately by one of the many cheap or free programs available.

This is a strange situation, many people think photoshop is the only tool for the job, even when their needs are extremely minimal... However they don't consider it worth the price tag, and aren't willing to accept a free or cheaper alternative either, so they end up with pirated photoshop.

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