Originally Posted by Acefire
Good. Illegal piracy and illegal downloads deserves punishment and penalties. Just wonder why they haven't wised up sooner.
+1 for a smart move. Anyone who disagrees that piracy is bad is a simple fool who probably pirates themselves.
I feel this could hurt fansubs and the anime community. I really don't consider watching fansubbed anime before
it comes to America all that bad. There are thousands of shows that will never come to america and we really have no way to get them without importing them and having to deal with discs that won't play correctly. This is why groups release them with english subtitles. I don't support dubs, they are usually terrible but I generally do buy the stuff after it releases in america, but only if it remains uncensored and has the original japanese track.
I do agree piracy is bad, but when you are left with the options: don't watch something at all because it doesn't exist in your country or download it. Is it really that bad? They won't get your money either way if they are not releasing it in your country.
Originally Posted by Fuell
You know what I use to convince people to buy
music? I get them to break out their phone or MP3 player and pick a song I have gotten legit, they play it and listen, then they listen to mine. Almost immediately I hear "wow, sounds clearer". I dunno where most "pirates" download their music but its most often terrible quality with lots of noise and static in the background, and its extremely obvious when listening to headphones. I can't listen to music people give me in my headphones most of the time because they don't pay for it.
Sure, some of the pirated stuff is decent, most of it is low quality rips and the like. The music industry could do well in advertising that fact alone. I love clear crisp sounding audio. And I'm willing to pay for it for sure. So stuff like Jimi, The Beatles, Doors, Yarbirds, etc has to sound the best to me, especially since the recording tech back then wasn't as great, so the sound quality to me is ever more important.
99.9999999999% of all piracy is not a lost sale as there would not have been a sale in the first place. All it does is get the artist known and listened to, thus making them more popular, having a better chance at publicity and therefore selling more CD's and merch. If Piracy could be stopped tomorrow, the MPAA and RIAA would freak out... They want to make as much money as possible, but they see the potential there is as well, they just want to make sure pirating is not easy for the majority of users IMO. They may be greedy, but they are not stupid.
There are private trackers out there that require invites and have 100% lossless music of pretty much every album ever made and every version it was ever released in. These sites even have expensive MSFL rips and vinyl rips, things you can't even buy anymore that have far better sound quality than that CD you just bought. Every torrent is active because a seed ratio is required.
Piracy has gotten to the point where you get a superior product for free, if you know where to look. That's whats going wrong with many legit purchases and something companies are failing to understand. Why do legit buyers need to sit through 20 minutes of previews, and 3 minutes of unskippable warnings to watch something? It's not going to make someone stop pirating, it going to make them pirate. Rootkits, DRM, etc are all causing the same thing.
I feel I am in the minority because I buy my stuff. I buy it, then remove the menus and warnings myself which is a huge gray area and a pain. No matter what it seems the legit buyer cannot win anymore. They will never stop piracy, but the best way to combat piracy is to stop throwing ads, previews, drm, warnings, etc on legit purchases. People should not have to pay for an inferior product.Edited by Murlocke - 10/5/12 at 2:17pm