This is why I think the stats of "Piracy costing billions" are a load of ****. A lot of people pirate things and then buy them. I bet they don't calculate those stats.
I think industry "studies" look at the loss of revenue on specific products and attribute that to a correlative effect with rates of piracy, whilst ignoring other variables. Basically it's complete ****.http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201111 ... nows.shtmlhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/ ... -kill-you/
The hit the music and film industries have taken isn't because of piracy, it's because of convenience and quality. With iTunes and digital distribution making things more convenient, the industry is better off than it should be, given that people should not have to wait months for overpriced blu-rays and CDs, just because industries would rather pass ridiculous legislation (like SOPA) than adapt, and make content and products of a better quality, and more convenient to access.
People will buy quality products. I and a lot of people I know still like to have legit copies of things, so if we torrent a movie or show that ends up really appealing to us, we'll buy it. In that respect, a product that I might not have had access to before, was given exposure through piracy, and ended up benefiting from it. A couple of examples of this: at least a couple of dozen CDs I own, I had listened to on youtube already, and liked enough to buy them. I would have never had discovered some of that stuff if not for the full albums being on youtube. There was also a movie that I torrented, a French movie called Un prophète - I challenge you to try and find that movie in a video store, or even on Amazon with a copy for the Aus region. I torrented it, and loved it so much that I ended up finding some specialist DVD importer in brisbane, who said that they still had a copy in stock despite it having been taken off the catalogue. So I bought a movie that I otherwise would have had no way of watching without having found a torrent.
tl;dr the war on piracy is complete and utter ****. The industry needs to adjust and up the quality, and support solid creative works, because people aren't going to pay for **** products, but they will pay for something they love.