[LINK] Most pirates say they'd pay for legal downloads
kim at holburn.net
Fri May 7 15:14:53 AEST 2010
> MOST people who illegally download movies, music and TV shows would
> pay for them if there was a cheap and legal service as convenient as
> file-sharing tools like BitTorrent.
> That's the finding of the most comprehensive look yet at people who
> illegally download TV shows, movies and music in Australia,
> conducted by news.com.au and market research firm CoreData.
> The survey canvassed the attitudes of more than 7000 people who
> admitted to streaming or downloading media from illegitimate sources
> in the past 12 months.
> It found accessibility was as much or more of a motivator than money
> for those who illegally download media using services like BitTorrent.
> More respondents said they turned to illegal downloads because they
> were convenient than because they were free, when it came to all
> three types of media covered by the survey — TV shows, movies and
> And more than two-thirds said they would pay for downloads from a
> legitimate service that was just as convenient if it existed.
> The hypothetical legitimate service was described as giving users
> access to TV shows, movies and music they wanted, when they wanted
> them, without ads or copy protection.
> The survey also found:
> TV shows are illegally downloaded more regularly, and by more
> people, than movies or music.
> Mr Crafti, president of the Pirate Party Australia political group,
> said restrictive copy protection measures that "crippled" many legal
> download stores — such as locking movie or music files so they can
> only be played on specific devices — turned users off buying media
> through legitimate channels.
> Neil Gane, the executive director of anti-piracy group Australian
> Federation Against Copyright Theft, said there was a need for
> businesses to develop more flexible models — but they were being
> hampered by piracy.
> According to the most recent statistics from 2006, film piracy costs
> the movie industry in Australia about $230 million a year, with
> internet pirates blamed for up to $92 million of that.
Figures from the industries own studies (imagination?)
> Mr Gane said that figure would only have risen in recent years as
> broadband speeds in Australia increased.
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