Today, we’ll be covering something we’ve probably all done at least once: piracy.
For you people new to the internet, pirating is downloading content (movies, applications, music, etc) that you’d normally pay for, for free. It’s sort of the new kind of theft.
HOWEVER, piracy doesn’t cost companies as much as they make you think. Okay, they lose quite a bit on it, but it helps a bunch, too.
it may sound odd, but there are plenty of people that pirate, say, a game, just to see if it’s any good. If they like it, they go ahead and buy the thing. And that’s how it should be done.
“Piracy is killing the [product here] industry.”
No it isn’t. And if it is, it isn’t the only cause. People pirate something, try it out, see how awesome it is, and buy the real deal. Even if they don’t legally buy it, there’s still a pretty big chance they’ll tell their friends about it. And those friends will tell their friends, and so on. There’s bound to be quite a few people there that actually intend on paying for the product if they like it.
That is, if it isn’t ridiculously priced (*cough*adobe*cough*).
Companies stress the effects of piracy way too much, in my opinion. It’ll be bought if people actually like the product. They have to be careful of overpricing, though. This will make people reluctant to buy it.