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P2P File Sharing Ruining Physical Piracy Business

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the innovate-or-die dept.

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TorrentFreak has a short post up talking with a former physical data pirate, who sold his wares in flea markets and made buckets of money in the 90s. By the end of the last decade, his money flow had dried up, and he places the blame squarely on the shoulders of P2P file sharing. "Tony is very clear about why his rags to riches story has gone back to rags again. 'File-sharing, P2P - call it what you like. When you asked a customer why he wasn't buying anything, 9 times out of 10 it was BitTorrent this, LimeWire that ...' P2P is a very powerful machine and although Tony could see that his operation was feeling its effects, he admits that he sat back and did nothing about it and consequently, his business has paid the ultimate price. Other industries affected by P2P should take note: Don't be a Tony. Overhaul your business model. Quickly." One would imagine overseas media sellers will have similar issues, as P2P networks become more common outside of the Western world.

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Nonsense. (4, Insightful)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398907)

Utter nonsense - not everyone has the time & patience to download 1 gig files, then the knowledge to convert them to stanard DVD format so you don't have to watch on your PC. Tony should have taken advantage of this gap.

One would imagine overseas media sellers will have similar issues, as P2P networks become more common outside of the Western world.

No, one wouldn't imagine that. You any idea how (relatively) expensive bandwidth is in much of the third world? Much cheaper for one pirate (yarrr!) to download & sell copies to everyone (this is the way real free markets tend to work).

Re:Nonsense. (2, Interesting)

timeOday (582209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398951)

Utter nonsense - not everyone has the time & patience...
OK, that's your speculation. But a real pirate who used to make good money at it, no longer does. Something has changed. And to quote the summary, "When you asked a customer why he wasn't buying anything, 9 times out of 10 it was BitTorrent this, LimeWire that ..." Seems pretty conclusive to me. Do you have some more reliable source of information you forgot to mention?

Re:Nonsense. (5, Informative)

franksands (938435) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399025)

I have. I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have dozens of "physical pirates", and I think they are doing pretty well, considering they are open for years. And I'm not talking about Mr. Tony with the CDs on the side walk, I'm talking about whole BUILDINGS with pirate stores, that sells movies and games as they are launched in the US, and sometimes sooner. Ask anyone who lives in Sao Paulo and they will tell you the same thing.

No different than America (4, Insightful)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399167)

Tony is simply the punk on the street. There are LOADS of pirate who work out of regular businesses selling Windows based software, DVDs, and CDs. Funny thing is, that if the RIAA and MIAA were smart, they would allow the net the gut to the brick based businesses FIRST, and then go after just the net. But alas

In other news (1)

ady1 (873490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399695)

RIAA/MPAA agrees to the news of p2p piracy ruining actual piracy (read: their business) word by word.

Clever Sao Paulo pirates! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399219)

They're operating out of BUILDINGS while, for all these years, HRS Copyright has been searching the high seas.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399371)

Same in Hong Kong when I visited 18 months ago. There's a whole building on Hennessy Rd dedicated to selling pirated CDs and DVDs. They get raided every so often, but I witnessed them shut down and lock their stores within 5 seconds of a particular phone ringing. The cops would have to move extremely fast to catch them out.

Re:Nonsense. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399529)

Yeah, they are raided every now and then in Sao Paulo too (I live here as well), but they come back... 5 minutes later (I am not joking, I actually witnessed once).

Re:Nonsense. (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399823)

Same in Hong Kong when I visited 18 months ago. There's a whole building on Hennessy Rd dedicated to selling pirated CDs and DVDs. They get raided every so often

Slight exaggeration. You're talking about 298 Hennessy Rd. This is a three-floor computer mall with hundreds of shops. At any time maybe 20 of these are selling bootleg software. But most sell hardware and media. There actually several selling legit software. Back in the 90s, bootelgging must have been more profitable, software was sold by the floppy at HK$20/disc (about US$2.50). When CDs came in, they were about HK$50. But as CDRs and burners became commodities, the price went down, to about HK$10 per CDR. Then there was a crackdown, and lots of shops lost their stock. Now they mostly are fairly fly by night, having lists of software you order and they burn to demand, for HK$30-40. Thus they reduce having any stock on hand as evidence. I sort of miss the old days, the bootleg vendors were quite knowledgable about their goods and would discuss the pros and cons of Excel vs Lotus, for instance. These days the front men just collect money and have no idea what they're selling.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399561)

I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We have dozens of "physical pirates", and I think they are doing pretty well
To be honest, my mental image of Sao Paulo (based on what I've heard and read) is somewhere where people are either
(a) Humungously rich, and could afford to buy three or four diamond-encrusted solid-gold genuine Windows Vista Ultimate install disks, simply using the spare change they found down the backs of their sofas, or are
(b) Mindbogglingly poor, living in slums, and would need to save up for a year to buy one of those 99-cent calculators.

Okay; I'm exaggerating, but not by that much. Sao Paulo has been called the most unequal place in the world, and I would have assumed that people would either have more than enough money to easily afford non-pirated software, or would be too poor to afford the computer to run it on, whether or not it was genuine.

Re:Nonsense. (2, Interesting)

Sique (173459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399835)

I can't talk about Saõ Paulo (never been there), but about Recife in the Northeast of Brazil.

And there is something called a middle class. They might not be that large in numbers, but they go shopping at Carrefour (the one I was talking about had a defective last "r", thus converting the shop into a Carrefou or Crazy Car) Supermarkets, they have their home with a little garden around (and a high wall with glass shards on top to ward off burglars), they work as attorney, clergyman, consultant, banker...

I was staying with a 70 year old woman (a distant relative of my wife), who was still working as attorney. She had her computer (about one year outdated compared with the U.S. or Europe) for her files, she was using it everyday, and I doubt that all the software was fully licensed from Microsoft.

Of course there is a market for computers and discount software licenses in Brazil. And Brazil has nearly 190 mio inhabitants, so if only 10% of them fall anywhere in the "middle class" range, it's still a market of 19 mio people for a portugese version of Microsoft Products.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399869)

Maybe so; but I was thinking specifically of Sao Paulo (rather than Brazil in general) and that has a notorious reputation for inequality. Rest of Brazil? Yep; I'm quite happy to believe that there's a healthy middle-class there, it's not that I ever thought of it as North Korea...

they go shopping at Carrefour (the one I was talking about had a defective last "r", thus converting the shop into a Carrefou or Crazy Car)
Ha ha ha :-)

Re:Nonsense. (3, Informative)

xtracto (837672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399641)

I agree, the speculation about the end of time for the "physical pirates" is pure bullshit. I am from Mexico, and, the prime example is the Tepito Market [wikipedia.org] where people sell copies of movies and DVDs before they are available even at the cinema. They even sold the Xbox360 *before* it was out in Mexico (and the release time was the same in Mexico and the USA, usually what they do is assault trailers with merchandise).

If anyone wants to practice their spanish, here [geocities.com] is a really good description of what the Tepito market is famous for in Mexico. Gosh, one of the main reasons why no one makes anything against it is that usually the heads of those markets (and the people moving the money) are the same of the people from the government!

So yeah, there is still *plenty* of demand for pirate DVDs and CDs (and even VHS!!) in the street.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

Fordiman (689627) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399815)

I can tell you, though; the ones in Philadelphia are getting shafted by the internet. Of course, it's the states and most people do own a computer. And the ones that can't use it proper are also the least likely to buy a bootleg disc. Somehow, the computer illiterate are more likely to avoid picking up hot merch.

Re:Nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399789)

But that can change. I, for one, used to buy lots of pirated software/music/video - and now I can't even imagine me, or any friend, paying for pirated content. It may take time, but the change is happening. Most smalltimes like Tony are gone now, even in São Paulo.

Mod parent up (4, Interesting)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399033)

I have no idea why this is modded 'Redundant.'

The situation outlined in TFA is interesting precisely because it runs contrary to what you might expect, namely that people would be too lazy to actually download multi-GB files themselves. But the story shows that this indeed is the case; at least the people who are cheap enough to buy pirated software at flea markets put a low enough value on their time to download the stuff themselves in order to avoid even the minimal cost of pirated discs.

I'm not sure what the lesson is here. There's a big question in my mind whether lessons from the 'grey (or black) market' can be taken as indicative of movements in the regular 'white market' -- online distribution probably is a lot more attractive to the kind of low-rent geeks who are buying hot software at flea markets than to very busy middle-classers with little time to spare or technical expertise.

Re:Mod parent up (2, Interesting)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399141)

But the story shows that this indeed is the case; at least the people who are cheap enough to buy pirated software at flea markets put a low enough value on their time to download the stuff themselves in order to avoid even the minimal cost of pirated discs.
It might be different still. People do pay to the likes of allofmp3, so it seems that some pirates at least are doing very well. Time spent downloading is not time wasted - even on a slow connection, you can just do something else meanwhile. It does save one a trip to the store, though. I know I'm willing to pay for that convenience (which is why I use allofmp3).

Allofmp3 is almost in a league of its own. (4, Insightful)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399183)

This is a valid point. Although, allofmp3.com is in a fairly unique situation -- they offer not an inferior product to legitimate versions, but an actually superior one, at a better price, with an interface that's arguably as easy if not easier to use, than most legitimate services. The black/grey market rarely has the white beat on so many fronts at once. Usually, in order to get the cheap price, you need to compromise on quality or convenience (need to go to sketchy part of town / flea market, etc.), so that it's only a certain segment of consumers (usually, those who place a low value on their time) who get the pirated version. But allofmp3.com has the legitimate outlets so thoroughly beaten -- or rather, the legitimate outlets suck just that damn badly, and cost so much -- that it can draw consumers from all across demographics, and not just the downmarket (cheap) segment.

Re:Allofmp3 is almost in a league of its own. (5, Interesting)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399575)

The black/grey market rarely has the white beat on so many fronts at once. Usually, in order to get the cheap price, you need to compromise on quality or convenience (need to go to sketchy part of town / flea market, etc.), so that it's only a certain segment of consumers (usually, those who place a low value on their time) who get the pirated version.

I'm not certain where you live, though based on your attitude I will surmise you live somewhere in the developed world.

There are places in the world where the price of software is quite disproportionate - for instance, here in Croatia Photoshop costs about two or three monthly salaries IIRC. And even in the richer parts of the world, there is quite a lot of software which costs a great deal of money, and is still relatively easy to find in the gray/black market.

If the price of the software runs up to several hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and the probability of you getting caught is slim, buying from a pirate is putting a rather high value on your time - it doesn't take more than a few hours, and the savings are vast.

But then, what do I know... from where I stand, capitalism seems to be based on the principle of getting something for nothing as much and as often as you can.

Re:Allofmp3 is almost in a league of its own. (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399781)

Although, allofmp3.com is in a fairly unique situation -- they offer not an inferior product to legitimate versions, but an actually superior one, at a better price, with an interface that's arguably as easy if not easier to use, than most legitimate services.
Whether it is legal or not, it hardly matters to most of its customers. Not the ones I know (myself included), anyway. What matters is the quality of the tracks they offer for download, and the convenience of use. For the price they ask, they do offer a lot there.

Re:Nonsense. (4, Insightful)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399039)

Personally I think the most damage being done to 'for profits pirates' (versus happy to give away for free, pirates?, no, hoods as in robin) was by DVD bargain bins at supermarkets.

Pirates were charging $5 dollars a disk, pretty much the same price as a supermarket bargain bin, who would bother with the questionable illegitimate quality.

Yeah, I know you don't get the latest releases, but with the sheer volume of content available on DVD why bother with the latest releases, especially as most of the latest releases basically suck.

Re:Nonsense. (5, Insightful)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399101)

Bingo. I think this is a big part of it. Physical piracy was a bigger industry back when DVDs were more expensive. Anyone remember when those things first came out? They were downright extortionate. When a legit copy ran $25 at Suncoast, a $5 pirate copy looked pretty attractive. But when you can get a wide selection of movies at Walmart for under $10, there's not a whole lot of room for pirates.

Black markets thrive on high markups. When the whitemarket's profit margins collapse, the blackmarket gets squeezed out (well, not hardly -- they move on to other things where the markups are still high).

I suspect that DVD videos would be a tough sell in the First World (probably less so in other parts of the world, where the cost of a movie relative to other goods, like food, is much higher), however, higher-margin information products like expensive software (Photoshop, Logic, etc.) will still be widely pirated and counterfeited, in both electronic/P2P and physical forms.

No, they were not. (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399191)

I was buying these in 95-96 and they were $9-10 for brand new ones. My player cost me 400 ON CLEARENCE at the time (still a pretty good one even after more than a decade). But the actual movies were 10/pop. In fact, is was not until about 97-98 that they shot up in price (and shot up was the word for it; upt to 15-16 at that time).

Re:No, they were not. (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399295)

Could have been I was looking in the wrong stores, but back in the mid 90s I definitely remember going into Suncoast / Sam Goody / similar places (which is where I used to buy videos, prior to the internet and the construction of the local Walmart and similar discount stores) and seeing prices for DVDs that were definitely over $20, and a significant premium above VHS for the same titles. They were probably fairly recent releases, but there wasn't much in the way of a back catalog at that point on DVD.

Maybe they were cheaper before then, and spiked up at about the time I bought my first player (I skipped the first generation of machines), but I ignored the whole business early on.

Re:Nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399689)

Pirates were charging $5 dollars a disk, pretty much the same price as a supermarket bargain bin, who would bother with the questionable illegitimate quality.

My supermarket bargain bin *is* selling Chinese pirate copies. The staff don't know the difference, I have no idea how far back up the supply chain you have to go to find someone who knows what they are selling isn't the real thing. People like Tony seem to have been squeezed out by the big people with enough money that they are called executives, not criminals.

Of course, I'm in a non-region 1 part of the world, where we get dumbed down releases for twice the price, months later than the US. Why would you buy the real thing here when you can get a better version while the advertising hype is still fresh?

Re:Nonsense. (1)

tm2b (42473) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399093)

Utter nonsense - not everyone has the time & patience to download 1 gig files, then the knowledge to convert them to stanard DVD format so you don't have to watch on your PC.
Perhaps not, but they don't need to. They only need to know somebody who does. Fans of content generally like to share the joy, especially if they can get friends to supply them with free media.

Re:Nonsense. (3, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399113)

It's quite clear to me what happened: "Inside 30 minutes, 90% of the stock would be gone with some customers taking 2 or 3 cases each, presumably to sell on." They were being wholesale pirates, one step up from the peddling to end-users. Clearly as burners got reasonably priced the bottom fell out of that market, sure there's the guy buying a few discs for themselves but anyone with a CD burner (later DVD burner) could do their own side business. I know several of the first people that got CD burners used that to part finance it.

Oh and bandwidth in the third world is expensive, but there's more to "outside western world" than that. Try going to South Korea for Internet connection, and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Remember that much of the cost is digging up the countryside, and where there's cheap labor ditch diggers aren't expensive either. Some of the poorer skipped phone lines altogether and went directly for cell phones and satellite, when they dig up it's either modern cable designed for Internet service or fiber going in there.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

able1234au (995975) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399197)

In China DVDs are $US 1 each or less. Cheaper to get 100 DVDs than the time and money required to download them. And given that you would need to burn them to DVD anyway, you can see why the pirates operate. Like most markets it is price driven.

Re:Nonsense. (1)

Psx29 (538840) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399231)

I agree with you because I have friends who don't know/don't care to download anything but go right out and buy these shitty bootlegs that someone burns in there home.

"Patience"? (1)

Dobeln (853794) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399287)

Several factors are limiting the impact of "low patience".

1. Broadband penetration is high now - even slow broadband can download most apps if you just leave it on overnight.

2. A lot of broadband isn't slow anymore, especially outside of the US. I am sitting on a 24/8 mbit line, and 10 and 100 mbit (full duplex) fiber isn't unusual. "A gig" is a few minutes worth of downloading most of the time using a decent DC hub or torrent.

3. Burning CD:s and DVD:s isn't hard.

4. Even if you find downloading and buring hard, you most likely have a geek in your circle of friends who doesn't.

5. But sure, there *is* a niche for cheap pirated stuff for those who can't/are too lazy to download. But that's much smaller than it used to be - and that was the point of the article. Stop thinking in binary.

Re:Nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399579)

Ehm, convert? Why not just turn on your tvout card and watch the d/l movie over your stereo and tv? No burning or converting needed. That is sooo 90s.

when (5, Funny)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398909)

When will people learn that piracy takes money from the pockets of hard working people like Tony?

Re:when (5, Funny)

elronxenu (117773) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398923)

Next up ... legitimate pirates (like Tony) join forces with the MPAA and RIAA to battle the scourge of P2P.

Re:when (0, Redundant)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399189)

Next up ... legitimate pirates (like Tony) join forces with the MPAA and RIAA to battle the scourge of P2P.
LMFAO! I wondering when the RIAA and the MPAA would make it into the thread *roll*. But yeah, it is rather disturbingly sweet how people seem to care so much for the small guy here :P. Screw those rich freaks who actually write the software yeah? Wait...

Way to kick a guy when he's down (4, Funny)

giafly (926567) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399613)

Even pirates have some standards.

Re:when (4, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399047)

To quote myself from another site on the same topic:

Maybe nobody feels bad for Tony, but think about what will eventually happen to the genuine distributors and consequently developers. If Tony couldn't even sell pirate software any more then how will anyone sell software?

Sure, there is that old argument, "the people buying from Tony probably wouldn't have bought it retail anyway". But stop and think about what's happened here: He had a big house, fast cars, expensive holidays, rented a warehouse, employed several people - that's all money that the real developers never saw a penny of. And you have to wonder - we live in a world where the younger generation (of which I count myself part) just tends to pirate everything. It has become the common culture. Apparently these days the majority of people under 30 "wouldn't have bought it anyway" all of the time - yet look at the masses of stuff they have pirated over time.

First Tony will go out of business, followed by the software houses we know and love, if it hasn't happened already. The article ends "Overhaul your business model. Quickly.". This assumes that there will still be enough people around who will be willing to pay at all. I know many people who go out of their way to pay for nothing - be it software, music, or movies.

Basically, if you're writing commercial software, you better have an online service or technology licensing program attached to it to make decent profits.

Re:when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399165)

I download my movies, but buy my computer games, even though they're far more expensive. A movie gives two hours of entertainment, a game hundreds. Therefore, even ten bucks is too much to pay for a movie, but fifty bucks for a game is still good value. Games are available for download at the same sites I get movies, but I prefer to buy a legit version.

Re:when (4, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399265)

Okay, but think about the consequence of this behavior - you're consuming several forms of entertainment yet financing only one industry.

The same problem exists even if one parent company funds branches in two or more industries - nobody wants to finance a loss. The same problem even exists if you download software and pay for only what you consider the best of it, because this means that you will tend to fund only the biggest players, and startups won't have as much of a chance to break through. If we're really being honest, many people who claim they pirate to "try" software are full of it - ever hear of a demo? Demo's are a section of the game or an otherwise limited version that the distributors actually want you to try out legally, and base your purchase decision upon.

Now, believe me when I tell you that in my opinion the MPAA and RIAA are full of crap in most statements they make regarding piracy statistics. But based on the attitudes of many people I know in real life I actually believe we may end up in a situation where the populace is simply taxed at some flat rate for piracy, beyond what we have already seen for blank media in certain countries, simply because there will come a breaking point where the practice of piracy is so widespread that we'll face at least a partial collapse of certain industries. I already believe that if you ask most people about piracy today you'll simply be told that "everybody does it".

I do make an effort to pay for the software, music and movies I use. In the sense that many people I know simply download the same products you could say this makes me foolish, "wasting my money". On the other hand, when I put myself in the position of the developers, artists, and producers, I look at a real problem they're facing, no matter how inflated it may be in the industry stats presented to us by the media.

My main gripe, however, remains with the freeloaders - people who seem to see no value in any of the products they consume, or who delude themselves into believing that by simply "making a copy" they aren't "stealing" anything. Okay, so piracy is not quite the same as theft, but developers, musicians, and so forth produce works that contribute to society and culture. In that sense freeloading is most equivalent to not paying your taxes - those people who do pay are essentially funding various works from which you benefit. At some point the burden that is shifted onto the shoulders of those who do pay will become too great.

Re:when (1)

Benaiah (851593) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399407)

"Ever heard of a demo?"

Most companies don't release demos. Or if they do it is way after the release of the real game.
So with my bandwidth I can download the demo? or the real thing?

If the demo was available before release, this game might be on my pre order list.

The real game has to offer something.

Starcraft/Broodwars is in my collection. I can play on free servers or the real deal. I have 2 copies aswell so when I have a mate over we lan it up.(Used to)

Purely single player linear games are a waste of time.

Re:when (3, Insightful)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399281)

No, it's a story about a business model failing due to evolution taking over.

I don't buy many games anymore. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of being hyped up for a year by some paid-for ads-cloaked-as-previews and then sitting down to play the game for all of 2 or 3 hours before it starts to suck because it was launched early, is full of bugs and the gameplay was never quite finished.
It isn't worth the 50 or so uros they charge these days.

On the other hand, I have bought great games after playing the pirated copy halfway through. I've bought the entire DVD series of Hellsing after having seen them all in ripped-from-TV downloads. A few years ago, I watched most new movies in my home theatre courtesy of bittorrent, mostly because I enjoy original versions over (often) crappy localisations, and the originals launched 3-6 months earlier in the US than the localised versions showed here. Nowadays, with simultaneous worldwide launches, I find myself going to the cinema again quite often.

Quality still sells. Listening to market demands still sells. Crap doesn't sell as well anymore.

Re:when (4, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399311)

Hey Tom,

I understand what you're saying - but you have to realize that this isn't about what you do, or what I do, it's about the behavior of the overall population. If you believe that the overall population tends to follow your habits, then that is one argument. If, on the other hand, there is a growing population of freeloaders, then that's another problem.

Although I'm essentially replying to you here, I make this point more globally because I see similar responses everywhere the topic of piracy is discussed, and I think that except in very few circumstances they mask the real issue.

P.S. "Crap doesn't sell as well anymore.", agreed!

Re:when (1)

Aceticon (140883) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399729)

Similar experience here: I just got fed-up with buying games which were overhype by game review sites in the pockets of their advertisers (hi IGN) and turned out to be riddled with bugs and/or fast becoming boring and repetitive and/or have little more replayability than the demo.

Also i use Windows 2000 and although many Windows XP-only games will work fine on 2000, some don't.

On top of this, here in the UK the law that allows you to return unwanted items within 7 days explicitly excludes software, CDs and DVDs (way to go guys!) - so no way to return a game that turns out to be crap or not work in 2000.

So i just download games and try them. Those i like make a point of buying (at full price), those i don't like, i don't use and also don't buy.

Just recently this has saved me from spending my hard earned money on "Supreme Commander" which has been overhyped by the press (89% average rate) and it turns out it's almost a perfect clone (very little new here) of a successfull 1990s game (Total Annihilation [wikipedia.org] - one of the first 3D RTSs). Guess most of present day game reviewers weren't gamers when Total Annihilation came out ...

Re:when (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399589)

Sure, there is that old argument, "the people buying from Tony probably wouldn't have bought it retail anyway".

There's another side to this argument. People that are willing to buy it retail wouldn't have bought from Tony.

Let me offer a parallel to the phenomenon I'm trying to describe. We regularly hear about people trying to convince their bosses that open source software is a worth while investment. And often, the bosses veto the suggestion. Open source software is often better than proprietary software, and yet the bosses feel the need to buy proprietary. Why? Lots of reasons: support, CYA, fanboyism, etc.

Pirated software does little to satisfy those reasons. Private enterprise makes up the majority of IT spending.

Re:when (2, Interesting)

MadTinfoilHatter (940931) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399593)

Maybe nobody feels bad for Tony, but think about what will eventually happen to the genuine distributors and consequently developers. If Tony couldn't even sell pirate software any more then how will anyone sell software?

If nobody is able to sell software, that's a very, very good thing. If the incentive to make proprietary software goes away FLOSS will have won, liberty will be restored, the Dilbertization of IT http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/17/175 256 [slashdot.org] will stop and Microsoft will die. Party like it's 1999.

Re:when (1)

argent (18001) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399635)

If Tony couldn't even sell pirate software any more then how will anyone sell software?

By writing it, and selling it to the people who aren't looking for something that fell off the back of a truck.

I mean, consider this as a survey. If someone went to a bunch of pubs and surveyed people about their drinking habits, you'd end up with different results than if you went to a bunch of churches and passed around the same paper. All this article shows is that among people who are already looking to buy stolen goods, the demand for high priced poor quality knockoffs is way down.

Re:when (2)

MassEnergySpaceTime (957330) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399679)

I remember reading something about how the movie industry was once afraid that the rising popularity of the television would end up destroying their business, because people could simply entertain themselves at home for free, instead of going out to entertain themselves with a movie. One could make the point that if everyone just watched TV, then no one would want to make any movies.

But that never happened, because movies were a different form of entertainment than TV. It had a bigger screen better sound, and then there's the social experience of going out with your friends. In today's terms, I think the same is still true for movies. While people could download a movie to watch it, they'll pay to watch it in a good theater with few annoyances.

But for music and software, I've drawn a blank on that one. How do you get people to enjoy the experience of buying music and software? By making it cheaper and an easier decision for the consumer? By making it more convenient somehow? By selling music CDs at social places like coffee houses? Those are my guesses.

This is severely damaging the freemarket system! (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398919)

I say he should sue the P2P services for restraint of trade. How is he supposed to sell his pirated wares when they're just giving it away?

He could and would have iff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399135)

he had a republican in his pocket! But if you do not pay your local republican, then you can not get protection.

I would have RTFA... (4, Funny)

lhpineapple (468516) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398929)

but I downloaded the audio book instead.

Re:I would have RTFA... (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399513)

Audio book? Boring. Give me the video game version of this article with some real-world dilemmas.

Don't Be A Tony? (3, Funny)

gbulmash (688770) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398945)

Don't be a Tony. Overhaul your business model. Quickly.

Yes, you pirates. You need to find another way to make money by leeching off the honest work of others. Art forgery perhaps? Maybe consider a payday loan business... legally charge loan shark interest rates by calling them "service fees".

- Greg

Re:Don't Be A Tony? (0, Offtopic)

ResidntGeek (772730) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399229)

Or they could get respectable jobs like: middle management, where they try to pass off their employees' work as their own. Or law, where they encourage weak people to sue blameless corporations for high fees. Or on a school board, where they try to decide which of the topics they know nothing about their kids should learn about next. Or as policemen, where they have power over anyone who annoys them. Or as soldiers, killing innocent people for the good of the country.

The world is unfair, and people are unfair. Pirates pirate because they're just like everyone else. They just do it more openly. Try not to feel so morally superior, it makes people dislike you.

Re:Don't Be A Tony? (4, Funny)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399853)

>"Yes, you pirates. You need to find another way to make money by leeching off the honest work of others."

Set up a record company??

bread and cheese for the whine? (2, Interesting)

Xiph (723935) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398953)

You should reconsider what you're doing, if your target-customers are ruining your business.

Yeah (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398985)

Who would have thought, customers of your illegitimate and illegal goods would leave you out in the cold when a better, cheaper opportunity comes. Especially when they buy said goods from you only because you are cheaper than the real thing, not that you giving them something they can't get elsewhere.

Its like the pot calling kettle a jerk (1)

Ayal.Rosenthal (1070472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18398975)

I remember the good old days when CD peddlers would sell counterfeit CDs for cheap in the Manhattan flea markets for $5... well, $3 if you knew how to haggle and tell a good joke (I did not). Now I have take time out of busy day and download music. Such a pain. Its cheaper (free) but makes me do work, such as pressing a bunch of keys (like now). I miss the old days when other people did it for me.

Chinatown? (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399163)

I think they still do sell burned CDs down in Chinatown. Not sure what the selection is like (if your taste doesn't run to Japanese pop or Bollywood showtunes, may be out of luck), but I'm pretty sure they're there, if you know where to look.

Heck, the last time I was in NYC, there were still people down in Chinatown selling bootlegged cassette tapes, and this was only a few years ago. Their stock looked a bit ... dusty, but it was still out there.

Re:Its like the pot calling kettle a jerk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399571)

Back in '98-2001, I was selling dodgy CDs for £3 a time. No artwork; labelled with a magic marker, and a handwritten insert. These ones were only good for listening to. I made all my survival money that way -- I hardly ever had to go to the HITW because I always had cash from the CDs. I got out of the business quickly once I could see it was dying.

Point is, whichever side of the fence you're on, you have to be prepared to adapt.

sell drugs instead (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18398979)

Tony, start selling cannabis, you'll make heaps more money.

until we finally get it legalized, then you'll have to find some other criminalized act to profit off.

Re:sell drugs instead (3, Insightful)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399139)

Tut tut. Bad advise. We all know its smarter to start importing cigarettes and booze into many european countries where govt tax has seriously impacted consumer pricing, opening a huge profit potential. The main benefit is you just just get a smack on the wrist if you get caught as opposed to life for drug trafficing.

Haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18398989)

Where's the "Haha" tag for this one? Deserving if any story is.

I think there is another morale to this story (4, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399003)

This guy was clearing almost $2,000 a week at the peak for a couple years, now he has to get a job. He said he enjoyed fast cars and a nice house - where does the money always go? Why can't people be satisfied with a nice new but still economical honda or something when they make it big? Why always blow it out on frivolous shit?

This is the old tale of the ant and the grasshopper. Tony still could be living well today if he actually squirreled away some of it. I wonder how many people in the late 90's early 00's tech boom were blowing money the same way that have very little to show for it now.

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399035)

Because people don't want to be rich and happy, they want everyone else to know they're rich and happy. Why do you think SUV's are so popular? It sure as hell ain't cause people are offroading. Nike Platinum stores anyone? Are you seriously telling me that shit makes you run/jump/fly faster? Maybe for a tiny, tiny percent of the population, the rest is all just people showing off.

We all do it, in one form or another. For the geeks, it's the iPod. There's better, more economical choices, but people pick the iPod...

You can argue with my why the iPod's better than the cheaper options, but then I can argue with you while a Ferrari is a lot better than a Honda!

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399125)

Argh. I meanm, argue with me, not my. Duh.

And also just FYI, yes, I have an iPod.

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399401)

Bah... there's little that's geeky about the ipod... a REAL geek gets a Neuros II (clearance 80GB for $250, that's just over $3/gb!) or other Ogg-capable player (function over form, baby), if it doesn't do video then he grabs a PSP or GP2X for that, a PDA, smartphone, and all sorts of other goodies... and he never has to worry about being confused with Bono!

The Way of the BatBelt is NOT DEAD!

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399083)

Exactly. I advocated Linux during the early years and my Karma soared. Now I am in a position to say that Vista is good with out caring what the mods think.

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (1)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399261)

Why can't people be satisfied with a nice new but still economical honda or something when they make it big? Why always blow it out on frivolous shit?
Because money has to be visibly spent in order to count (J.P. Carse). In other words: If you want to use your money to improve your social status, you have to spend it so that other people see that you have money. Contrary to popular believe, money isn't an end in itself for the rich, it's ammo in a game called "society".

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399349)

And just like ammunition, you want to fire in short bursts. You don't want to hold the trigger down and waste it all. Spend your ammo when it counts.

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (2, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399409)

That's funny. I always thought the purpose of money was to make yourself capable of living, maybe even happy and comfortable. Fuck the socialites. I'd rather spend my money on my rig, motorcycle, geeky toys, and other things that help me enjoy life, even if the frisbee-deep sky-nosed douchebags can't see it (ok, they can see the motorcycle, but even that one I didn't get a HD to save money).

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (1)

26199 (577806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399441)

You must mean the old tale of the ant, the grasshoper and the squirrel.

Re:I think there is another morale to this story (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399457)

This guy was clearing almost $2,000 a week at the peak for a couple years, now he has to get a job. He said he enjoyed fast cars and a nice house - where does the money always go? Why can't people be satisfied with a nice new but still economical honda or something when they make it big? Why always blow it out on frivolous shit?

He made the all too common assumption that the only way his profits could go was up. Whereas what actually happened was his business model became obsolete.

$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

Sad Adam (1036862) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399007)

In Russia, Ukraine etc. you can get a DVD in a plastic sleeve with a color photo of current release movie or software for about US$5.

Plus you don't need to screw around with downloading.

The saving in labor from downloading, plus physical medium including packaging for that price seems like a pretty good business model to me.

Now, all they need to do is to work out how to export this model internationally....

But an effective franchise for this business model - THAT is a real moneymaker.

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (4, Insightful)

Technician (215283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399067)

In Russia, Ukraine etc. you can get a DVD in a plastic sleeve with a color photo of current release movie or software for about US$5.

Now if the legal copies were about this price, that market would not exist. $20 for a copy of Open Season? What are they thinking. It's high prices that cause a piracy market to exist.

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399309)

"It's high prices that cause a piracy market to exist."

I'd wager it is also releasing to dvd long after the theatre release. It isn't as long now, but I fail to see why most movies aren't simultaneously released to theatre and dvd. I may be projecting, but I hate the theatre. Movies look and sound great at home, they cost less, the food is better, the seating is much better, I don't have to sit near some unhygenic stinkhole, no one sits infront of me and blocks my view, random cell phones don't go off during the film, I can pause if I have to go to the bathroom or need another drink, I can drink booze while I watch (possible in some parts of the world I assume but not where I live), etc etc..

True there are some movies that look better on the "big screen", but I can always go there to watch it after I've screened it at home. The "big screen" isn't even a push anymore. Home projectors now cheap (cost less than what a 32" crt tv was a few years ago) and most people have a decent surround system. It's affordable to make a better movie theatre at home.

What I really want (which won't be happening any time soon) is to be able to get a movie on release date in full quality at home. Do it as a download, do it as preordered dvd's, do it as cable-provider pay-per-view... I don't care how, just do it. The movie theatre has lost its appeal to me. Back in the day of 20" TVs and VHS there was no substitute for the movie theatre. Times change, try to keep up you #@$^!! dinosaurs.

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399489)

I'd wager it is also releasing to dvd long after the theatre release.

There's also the whole staggered release thing.

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

Cramer (69040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399337)

BINGO!

Back in the VHS tape days, there really was a reason to change 20-30$ for a tape. It takes a long time to make a video tape -- even with their specialized hardware it still takes 15-30min to "press" a 2hr movie. A DVD takes, litteraly, a fraction of a second to press; a single press can churn out hundreds of discs per hour. A factory with hundreds or thousands of presses can pump out millions of discs. Each disc costs pennies. As with everything, it's all a matter of greed... $20 for something that costs under a buck to make.

Look at video games. Most are $49.99 at release. They drop to $39.99 a few months or even weeks after release. A year later, $29.99 and lower.

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (2, Insightful)

startled (144833) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399369)

Now if the legal copies were about this price, that market would not exist. $20 for a copy of Open Season? What are they thinking. It's high prices that cause a piracy market to exist.

Sure, but then you're competing with the margin on blank DVDs. Where the REAL inroads to piracy are to be made are the fact that people are buying movies at all.

If you REALLY want to fight piracy, just make a product that no one wants at any price. It's a desirable product that causes a piracy market to exist. Extra bonus: if you're trying to ensure nobody wants your product, think of all the money you'll save in marketing!

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399419)

That's what I don't understand myself. DL DVDs are still upwards of $2 a disc... At that price, they're not good for anything BUT burning things you're not supposed to be burning. A $2 disc for a $40 video game? Sure.

For a backup of $HOME? Not so much. When do we get a price drop?!

Re:$5 for a hard copy current movie= good model (1)

trawg (308495) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399665)

What'd be cool is if the movie industry would just bite the bullet and actually try releasing a new release DVD for like $5. Just to see what happens.

Bunch-O-Crap (4, Insightful)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399069)

What a bunch of crap. Having been to China where piracy is a big time moneymaker they know how to do it right. High quality product in attractive packaging with a rock bottom price. Why would I download a DivX compressed file when I can get the original mpg for 50 cents to a dollar?

P2P only makes sense when there isn't an affordable convenient alternative. Tony just priced himself out of business evidently. It's all about volume and price point. If Tony had focused on improving his productivity so he could lower his sale price he'd probably still be in business. Even in the black market you have to continue to innovate.

Tony got in when he thought he could make money easy, he wasn't bothered by the ethics of his choices. I have no trouble believing he'd be too lazy to work harder and charge less to give the same product. Even so I am highly disinclined to believe this story at face value. There may be a high volume of Slashdotters out there doing P2P for video, but Joe-6-pack is just barely able to share mp3s and spends a lot on DRM products. Joe would easily plunk down two dollars for a bootleg DVD if Tony where selling them.

Re:Bunch-O-Crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399145)

Why would I download a DivX compressed file when I can get the original mpg for 50 cents to a dollar?
You're downloading from the wrong sites, man, or you live somewhere where bandwidth is too meager or expensive. You should be downloading the full, ripped DVDs over a few nights. It's not like you're going to bank the bandwidth that you don't use.

Go take a look at some of the better sites (they're not hard to find): you'll find full ripped versions, including high quality artwork just waiting for your printer. If you don't yet have enough cheap fast bandwidth to do this, just wait: you will. And that is the point of noting this economic shift.

Re:Bunch-O-Crap (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399669)

You're downloading from the wrong sites, man, or you live somewhere where bandwidth is too meager or expensive. You should be downloading the full, ripped DVDs over a few nights. It's not like you're going to bank the bandwidth that you don't use.
For 50 cents to a dollar? I'd skip the hassle of making sure I find a legit copy, downloading it, leaving my computer on over a few nights, using up a portion of my bandwidth and (possibly) burning it. Sure, it's still not that big a deal, but a dollar is hardly a lot of money either.

Re:Bunch-O-Crap (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399319)

I confirm - I'm living/working in Southern China now, and I pass by a minimum of a dozen sidewalk DVD sellers, each day, between my apartment and the office. If anything is going to impact them, it will be pressure to switch to stealth mode as we get closer to the Olympics. No way can I imagine PTP having any effect at street level. Current price example is US fifty cents per - less if you know how to haggle :)

Why can't Hollywood....never mind.

Re:Bunch-O-Crap (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399471)

P2P only makes sense when there isn't an affordable convenient alternative. Tony just priced himself out of business evidently.

Probably more significently Tony's market changed, low cost high speed Internet access came to the part of the world Tony was operating in.

It's all about volume and price point. If Tony had focused on improving his productivity so he could lower his sale price he'd probably still be in business. Even in the black market you have to continue to innovat

If anything you need to innovate more in a "black market" than in a "white" or "grey" market.

Hungh? (1)

BrynM (217883) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399085)

P2P File Sharing Ruining Physical Piracy Business Man, I thought I hit the wrong link and was looking at The Onion for a second there. I know it makes perfect sense, but that obviousness was part of the reaction.

Riiiight... (1)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399169)

So let me get this straight: Cheap piracy is more popular than expensive piracy? And...?

YRO?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399215)

Please help me understand: What is the tie-in to "Online Rights"? You don't have a right to priate copyrighted material without permission.

Physical piracy still evident in far east Asia (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18399227)

Every time I've travelled through China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, even as late as August 06 I could see no reduction in the volume of physical warez and pirate video media sold at markets - OK in the markets in the big cities you may have to ask the store owner to see it as it's not as frequently on blatantly display out in the open as it used to be but it's still definitely there.
I've noticed a big fall in warez sold in Japanese, Korean and and Taiwanese flee markets over the last 3 years but again I'd bet it would be there if you knew who to ask you'd have no issues procuring it.

Cute! (1)

NekoXP (67564) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399263)

So basically the RIAA/MPAA loses money and the pirates don't make any.

Either that balances out or it means the aforementioned studio mafia are justified in suing grandmas and teenagers.

Re:Cute! (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399399)

It balances things out alright -- but perhaps rather to make piracy an as expensive deal for copyright holders as before. Less "fleamarket piracy", and more P2P piracy. That still doesn't justify suing dead people or stroke victims, but it justifies suing others as long as those are in violation of law. Of course, despite this, pirates are free to choose to keep doing their thing, keeping this in mind. And some even tries to make it so they can keep doing without getting sued the legal way, in Sweden they're represented by the Piracy Party, for example.

Tony was not a pirate, just a leech. (2, Insightful)

GuyFawkes (729054) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399269)

I've been around this scene since the 5.25" floppy days, and there were always leechers who would sell you something, and true warez people who would give or trade you something.

Tony won't have been cracking anything, creating anything, "value added" anything, Tony is a leech.

It's easy, always was, beige box FTP server on a decent pipe and start couriering, what Tony was trading on was usenet and a stack of dupe burners, and don't forget to take other groups work and rebrand it with your own nfo file tone....

I applaud the fact that another leech has bitten the dust, and can no longer make an easy living selling the fruits of other people's works to noobs and lusers.

Re:Tony was not a pirate, just a leech. (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399293)

Is that what the artists say about the "true warez people"? I mean, they spend far less effort that the people who create the material originally, even if they spend a bit more than Tony.

Re:Tony was not a pirate, just a leech. (2, Insightful)

shudde (915065) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399389)

I've been around this scene since the 5.25" floppy days ...

I'm really hoping that you're not still in the scene, most of us got over it before we were 20.

I applaud the fact that another leech has bitten the dust, and can no longer make an easy living selling the fruits of other people's works to noobs and lusers.

I'm going out on a limb here and presuming you're referring to the work of suppliers/crackers/couriers rather than the people who created the stuff. Warez scene != work. It was and is a game, race some other kid to up a release on a top 10 site for rankings and bragging rights.

It's not like the scene was ever as pure as people made it out to be. Plenty of the bigger groups were giving out carded hardware for suppliers or shell boxes.

As a student (2, Interesting)

goldcd (587052) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399347)

I may have done something similar, although on a much smaller scale - it may even have been where my name came from.
Never really made any money, but came out the other end of two degrees with only a modest amount of debt (not that I'm defending it) and am now a good tax paying little legit drone.
I was never part of the scene, so all my stuff used to come in as trades and I still remember the joy of opening jiffy bags with foreign stamps to see what weird and wonderful contents they would contain. I'm sure part of it was an aspergers like desire to try to collect everything there possibly was available - whether or not I or anybody else actually wanted/needed it.
Had a fun time and it's left me with all manner of fond memories - playing a pre-release version of MGS throughout the night as we couldn't work out how to save the game, or what was actually going on (I've still not quite grasped Japanese), realizing ThrillKill wasn't released as it 'wasn't actually any good' to nervously opening my door to a car-load of scarey looking people in the small hours and them asking very sweetly if I could chip their PS.
I stopped (assuming I'd started) all this many years before the guy in the article threw in the towel (I never made it onto DVDs). The premise of the article that P2P killed physical piracy is probably right. I doubt it's that everybody has know learnt how to download whatever they want and make their own copy - it's more that pretty much everybody knows a friend or colleague that can. Towards the end I used to temp in offices over the holidays - and every single one of them would have the guy who'd come in with a pile of disks in the morning for people (and get a pint if anything returned to him at lunch).
Death of LikSang reminded me of their initial incarnation as supplier of DrV64s (I could never afford a Z64) and the fun I'd had resoldering the guts of what they delivered into a working machine and trying to track down a CD drive that didn't gulp enough power to max out the piss-poor PSU it came with. Dug out my old folders of disks and had a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Most of them were dead, cheap ones had flaked and I'd managed to eat through a load using a big solventy magic marker.
All in the bottom of a landfill now.

The truly big time for profit "pirates" (2, Interesting)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399417)

are "off the books" distributors, but make no mistake, they pay a big cut back to the "owners" for the privilege of doing business with them, as I said here [slashdot.org] . Copyright regulates who gets to distribute information, and creates a nice black market like any other prohibition. Which is actually controlled by the industry itself...until the damn internet and its P2P came along, and started blowing its cover.

This just in (2, Insightful)

deblau (68023) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399455)

For the benefit of the RIAA and MPAA, here's a picture of your typical filesharer [nyud.net] .

Law suit (4, Funny)

stud9920 (236753) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399481)

So, when is the PIAA (Pirate Industry Association of America) going to sue p2p networks ?

$500 million (0, Flamebait)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399493)

Fuck Pirates of The Carribean

Fuck all you $10 million a movie "stars"

Tony should move to Ukraine (3, Interesting)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399643)

Piracy of DVDs and CDs is flourishing there. Most people don't even have a computer , never mind an internet connection and if you go down the local markets you will find tons of pirated material (most of it done badly it must be said). Its about time people in IT whether media types or coders really wrenched themselves out of this western mindset where they seem to believe that because they have broadband and a flash PC then the whole world does.

Newsflash: most of the people in the world don't even own a radio never mind a computer.

Takes another one of their anti-piracy reasons. (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 7 years ago | (#18399759)

A lot of anti piracy advertising often states that the money from selling copied media goes into drugs and other forms of crime.
If you download for free, your not giving money to anyone, not the pirates who finance drug dealers, nor the software companies and whoever they might be financing.
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