Claims that music piracy costs the indus…

Claims that music piracy costs the industry £12bn may be exaggerated. It comes down to people having finite money (obviously) and that they are choosing to spend it on games and DVDs more than music. One clarification however is that our capacity to consume is greater than our capacity to spend. A teenage boy can be playing a game he bought while listening to music he pirated. If he had no chance of pirating the music (or game) then likely he’d chose one and the other industry would lose out. By making the music un-piratable (not possible) the music industry wouldn’t claw back all sales (though I’d say the gamer would possibly spend his money a bit more wisely, less games and a bit more music.) Bottom line though is that the music industry needs to compete better with the DVD and games industry. Make better product. §

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