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Response to MADem (Reply #56)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 06:27 AM

66. You fail to grasp the point of the analogy

 

Do you really, truly think that internet piracy is the primary - or even a major - cause of loss of money for the entertainment industries? If tomorrow every torrent site, every linkshare, all of it were shut down, suddenly millions of customers would reappear and throw their money at Hollywood? At the record industry? I find it a dubious proposition.

The point of my analogy is this - the financial woes of the entertainment industry are self-created problems, but rather than deal with them the industry blames a piddly form of competition that has comparatively little impact - seals do eat fish, and pirates do lift profits. But neither is enough of a hit to the industry to cause the dire problems described!

This isn't justification nor is it me saying the people involved don't deserve their checks - save those accusations for someone who actually says that stuff. It's simply pointing out that piracy does not have sufficient impact to matter, especially not when held up against the flaws and failings of the industry itself and the losses those incur.

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