No, you and all the other shills need to realize that there is--and can never be--any absolute answer to these questions.
Does piracy increase sales? Yes, in some circumstances, it does.
Does piracy equal a lost sale? Again, yes, in some circumstances it can.
Does piracy have no effect on sales? And once again, in some circumstances, yes.
Does piracy redistribute wealth? For Bog's sake, yes. This is basic economics--money not spent in one sector of the economy is always transfered to another (unless the pirate is some kind of cheapskate freak, and hoards the money he saves by pirating in a mattress, never to be seen again).
The scary thing is all of the alleged forensic sciences we've been relying on in our justice system for so long are little more than guesswork. The only one with any repeatable scientific proof behind it is DNA analysis.
This is the real problem these reporters need to be reporting. Lazy ass parents who refuse to take the ten seconds it took me to find this, this, this, and this on the web, and the ten minutes it would take to set it up. But I guess it's just much easier (and better for your ratings) to blame everything else for the fact that these people are shitty parents who shouldn't have children.
why the hell do the entertainment industries never listen to what their customers say or what their customers want?
Because, the entertainment industry has zero experience in figuring out what the customer wants. Their business models are built upon lack of competition in their market--the only music available came from the established recording industry who told you what you were going to listen to in the formats they chose to give you, the movie industry, same thing. Now that their stranglehold on the market is slipping--they bumble around trying to turn back the clock. How else could you explain why they have ignored or demonised the greatest entertainment marketing tool ever created?
Also, those in the industry that are in charge of finding new stuff have colossal egos--how dare these upstart customers think they know better than them what they want.
Re: Re: So how much does Pandora pay per million plays?
Along with ASCAP and BMI, it would be interesting to see an audit of all their revenue and payouts. One of the reasons I think they hate Pandora and other streaming services is that once they have solid numbers on what is being played it will be much harder to screw artists over as they have been.
Re: Re: Re: Hey, Mike: India has 1,210,193,422 people! Should be FOUR times Hollywood!
Four times the population should -- if the simplistic measure that Mike makes is valid -- mean four times the production.
No, Population size has very little to do with market size. Anyone that understands even the most basic of economic principles knows that production of goods in a market is tied the the ability of that market to consume it. Excessive overproduction leads to market crashes. I don't see anywhere in the article where Mike measured India's film industry against anything. He used the only valid measure in economics; India's film industry seems to be successful and profitable at its current production levels. He used a comparison of the numbers of films produced in India vs. the number made in the US to help illustrate that point.
If the amount of used units sold is a significant drain on the new market, you're doing something wrong. I think they also need to stop focusing mainly on the online multi-player aspect of these new games (an over saturated market) and start delivering some solid single player games that take longer than a dozen hours to complete and they might lessen the amount of used games on the market in the first week after launching a new game.
We must not condemn the Senators for an isolated fact.
This is not an isolated indecent. This is yet more evidence of an ever growing problem: Our elected officials just don't seem to care about us--their constitutes. Those Senators who skipped this briefing need to get all the fire that we can pile on them. This is the kind of behavior from our elected officials that created this problem in the first place. Not only should they have stayed until the end of the day on Thursday, they should have stayed in their offices all weekend sorting this debacle out.
Pulling crap like this is why Congresses approval rating is at an all time low of 10%.
Re: Ah, a minion back to Techdirt's anti-moral panics.
Just because one can't put a number to it, doesn't mean it's not a real effect.
If you can't put a number to it, that means you can't measure it. This is how real science works--you have to test your hypothesis--and get real, verifiable, and repeatable, results. Until you can do that-- then no, it's not a real effect, it's just bullshit speculation.
This is the problem you have with any expert--people (sometimes including the expert) assume expertise in one area auto magically translates into expertise in all/other areas--particularly since they're very good at sounding like an expert even when they're talking out of their ass. Dr. Oz may be a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, but that means squat when it come to psychology/psychiatry or any other field--in fact the very training/practice required of his specialty means that he's probably less of an expert in areas that he's not specialized in than a more generalized medical practitioner (doctors like House don't really exist). This is one of the problems I have with Doctor shows Like Oz's--they are giving medical advice in areas the have little ability in, and no one really calls them out for it.
If I needed heart surgery, would I want Dr. Oz to operate on me? You betcha. Would I go to him for cancer? Ehh...I'd probably find someone better qualified.
As for the original article? Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mike Roizen is an anesthesiologist. This makes their official (again) opinion on the links between video games and teen violence rank just a little bit higher on the scale as any other two random schmucks.