Originally Posted by jtom320
Like I said I don't think you are neccesarily an awful person if you pirate a TV show. But the fact of the matter is that existing doesn't entitle you to watch a television show and if you are going to pirate it effectively you are stealing whether a physical item is involved or not.
Actually, you can't steal something that doesn't exist in your country. I won't bother to watch something if it ain't in english. It's like cinema: it isn't in english, so I don't bother... but, later on, I seldom buy movies and I rent some to watch at home (IN ENGLISH).
Like I said, piracy is not a price problem, not most of the time. Its a service one: the irony comes when the "free stuff" is actually BETTER, is more convenient and, obviously, is free. If companies want to combat piracy (they have the right to do so, since it's their property anyway) they need to understand how people thinks, and how things work.
It's like DRM: does anybody here think that DRM's help? They simply don't.
a) DRM has a cost.
b) DRM will be a hindrance to your legit customers.
c) The pirates will still get the product without DRM AND free.
Lesson? The legit customer gets to pay the price... which is STUPID. On the other hand, though, we have the games that require complex always-on systems that make pirating almost impossible, but...
a) They have proven to be a disaster many times (Simcity and Diablo 3)
b) They also put a hindrance on the legit customers.
c) They cost A LOT OF MONEY
d) They create a terrible corporate image.
e) They don't guarantee any kind of sales.
All in all, the only real things of doing business is...
a) Show to your customers that you care.
b) Don't put any DRM **** on your games.
c) If the game doesn't sell.. blame yourself, not the others.
Life is terribly simple this days.
Regarding Got: would I pay to see every episode on airing at a decent quality? Sure I would. Can I? Nope.