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Thanks to TWIT.TV for discussing our Piracy Etiquette Broadside.

Posted on May 08, 2012 by Scenic Labs | 2 comments

Yesterday's episode of Tech News Today discussed (towards the end, in their "Incoming Message" segment) our Piracy Etiquette Broadside contained in our blog post entitled "Note To Torrent Site Visitors" and since then we've been receiving a lot of feedback.  

We've also experienced a significant bump in sales.  Yes, it's true that some people purchase products just to show support, but we've actually always seen an increase in sales along with increases in traffic.  Not always the highest conversion rates, of course, but still noticeable. 

In any event, here's what we know to be true about piracy:

  1. It shows that people want your content.  People don't pirate things that they don't want.
  2. We are powerless to stop it.
  3. Litigation and threats drive a wedge between content creators and pirates.  Not all pirates turn into customers, but any of the benefits that might be derived from file-sharing are lost.  
  4. Digital files are not like a bar of soap. They don't become smaller or change as more people use them. 
  5. There is a difference between personal use and for-profit piracy and that includes for-profit facilitators.  We do think that it sucks when other companies profit from piracy.
What are your thoughts?
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  • Dian

    Piracy is a MAJOR thing these days. And I don’t think I know one person that is as heavy into PC’s as I am that hasn’t had sohtmeing that wasn’t 100% legal. When this thing starts getting to big corporations, it’s almost horrible. I know the economy has gotten pretty lame in the last few months, but there is no CALL for that.I want to commend you for such a good decision and standing up to The Man about such a strong topic. You most likely had to risk your job and your pay to say, No. about it. +100 for you my good friend!SX

  • Anderson Jonas

    I resonate with your frustration. I have never pirated for profit. I have only snapped copies of still art images in public domain for my own use. I am a lawyer who didn’t drop out, but have recently retired — same thing. I remember the IP hornbook [Nimmer?] back in the early 70’s and how it was amended with the new digital, drug, and gene descriptions. Wishing you the best of luck. I thought there was some DHCH or like that for copy protection. Could you inject a logo emboss like Google to clear up only with a “key.” Talking out of my hat. But, I would love to see some creativity there. Again, good luck. I do want to see an example before I buy. I will look on uTube.


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