Saturday, October 31, 2009

PDF Piracy

Interesting article.  Think there is a correlation to the RPG world?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/illegal-downloaders-spend-the-most-on-music-says-poll-1812776.html

4 comments:

  1. Definitely. If there's no FLGS around, downloads are the new way of browsing. That's why I think free pdf outtakes are essential in the electronic game economy.

    Also, I have seen some stuff which should have been illegal to publish, it was so bad. Having had an electronic look at it saved me money I then spent on good stuff.

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  2. I found Kobold Quarterly on a bittorrent tracker. I thought it was a fanzine so I downloaded it. I got through about 2 articles and then went and bought a print subscription which I've kept up for 2 years (I've told @monkeyking as much over twitter)

    I think companies should put discount codes in the PDFs so that pirates are more likely to buy legit copies.

    --Canageek

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  3. Canageek, then they could track who pirated something. :) I agree KQ is a god magazine though. But is it needed? Which reminds me I wanted to do a blog post on that topic...

    Andreas I totally agree with you. Some stuff I came across in PDF I would have been outraged if I had paid for it sight unseen.

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  4. I have So much to say about this.. it might not fit in this tiny comment box!

    I don't want to condone stealing. What I want is to encourage the open access of content. Over and over again I've seen the same results of this study.

    Is it really all that much of a surprise that people that love music scrape it in any way they can get it. Is it an even bigger surprise that music lovers buy more music than other people?

    This is the problem with turning "pirates" into criminals. Often these are the very people who are spending money or will in the very near future spend money on your product. Taking good customers or good future customers to court and trying to sue their pants off doesn't get you a lot of good will from your fans.

    I have to plug http://techdirt.com here. They discuss this topic all the time. This is a really hard thing for the corporate world to swallow. Mostly because corporations as an entity have the mental fortitude of most roadkill.

    I'm wondering if people pay attention to the fact that great creative works get paid for by their fans no matter what. How many people went around creating recordings of Grateful Dead concerts? There must be millions of bootleg recordings of their songs.

    How did the Grateful Dead actually make any money? The toured all the time and let people record their concerts any which way they liked.

    People who could get their songs for free just about anywhere they wanted still paid to buy their albums (which the record company made money and not the actual Dead) and to see their tour concerts (which they actually managed to make a living at despite the greedy bastards at the record company).

    I know there are corporate lawyers right now that have wet themselves and are cowering in fetal position just trying to wrap their head around all of that.

    To them I say... Don't worry about it. Soon all of you grumply old farts will die and people with new ideas about copyright like http://www.lessig.org will take over.

    The rule of law will be just fine with some changes. In fact I think it will be improved when content is as free as possible and people are as free as possible to pay for what they love.

    Perhaps we'll start to see improvements in the level of content and less heavy handed corporate "management" of creative endeavors as well. I mean really! Isn't the ARTIST the one that should actually make money from their works!

    Ok rant is over now :)

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