View Poll Results: The economy would be better if more people respected copyright law. Agree/disagree

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  • Agree. Respect people's copyrights. Pay for what you use.

    13 44.83%
  • Disagree. In the digital age, people should get to copy what they want.

    16 55.17%
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Thread: The economy would be better if more people respected copyright law. Agree/disagree

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    Re: The economy would be better if more people respected copyright law. Agree/disagr

    How about that piracy actually acts like an ad? L.g, I have bought numerous CDs after hearing some 'unauthorized' music. In other words, if it wasn't piracy, I've never have bought the CDs of those people.
    Besides, I like to know what I buy. I've had enough of music and movies that don't worth the money. I mean, if I spend some money on a movie at the theatre and don't like it (and I've watched some that ate complete BS), can I have the money back? I don't think so. So, am I the only villain here?
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    Re: The economy would be better if more people respected copyright law. Agree/disagr

    Disagree on the economic issue, agree that people should generally obey copyright. As the thread title focused on the economic side, I chose my answer accordingly. Here's why:

    Piracy is generally committed because an individual either cannot afford the song/movie/show in question or doesn't value it enough to pay for it. If pirating the content were not an option, the vast majority of these individuals would not choose instead to purchase the item (thus aiding the economy), but would choose to go without it. Eliminating piracy would only create a slight boost in sales, likely not enough to counter the costs of anti-piracy measures. There are, however, a few circumstances where individuals would pirate regardless of their ability to afford the content or their willingness to pay. For example, content that is not available to them at any cost (e.g. Top Gear DVDs in the US for all seasons). Ideally, the users would follow copyright, but they are instead given a choice between waiting months/years to purchase the content or minutes to download it for free.

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