Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 04:03 UTC
Multimedia, AV "With over 3 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is without doubt the most pirated TV-show of the season. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that most of the pirates come from Australia, while London tops the list of pirate cities. But why have these people turned to BitTorrent?" Because in order to get it legally, I have to take a monthly subscription costing me €15 per month. So instead, I buy the season box sets as they come out, and download them every Monday morning in the meantime.
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The convenience of piracy
by kokara4a on Mon 21st May 2012 10:05 UTC
kokara4a
Member since:
2005-09-16

It was mentioned already in this thread but I think it deserves a discussion of its own - piracy is just so much more convenient than legal content:
* No DRM
* Comes in a variety of widely supported formats
* No unskippable bullshit
* Very fast downloads; well, not always, but if it's a popular torrent I can hit 5-6MB/s (B is for bytes, not bits)! No single server has ever provided me with downloads so fast. And I never stream - only download. So slow downloads are a show stopper for me.
* I need only use my browser to find it - so I can do it on any platform (I'm looking at you, iTunes!)

If I am to pay for content it has to have all the features listed above before I even consider it for purchase. To me a download amounts to piracy only if it's available for purchase while passing the checklist above. And since this is not the case for majority I am, therefore, not a pirate - I'm "stealing" a product which is not available for purchase.

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RE: The convenience of piracy
by Erunno on Mon 21st May 2012 10:41 in reply to "The convenience of piracy"
Erunno Member since:
2007-06-22

I have the habit to download most of the stuff I bought for the reasons you outlined. It's far more convenient to keep everything on a streaming file server than on physical media. Call me lazy but right now I don't even have to get up and search for the disks, put them into the player and bring them back after usage should I suddenly feel the urge to watch (or listen to) something. My almost complete media library is always just a few clicks away. I also don't have to keep the disks around in the living space but can keep them safely stashed away in the basement.

The other way around: I've bought a *lot* of stuff after watching the downloaded version first simply to express my support for certain formats in the only language corporations understand: money. I'm sure I wouldn't have bought half the stuff I own if I didn't have a chance to, er, sample it beforehand because the prices are usually high enough to prevent impulse purchases.

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