One pirated copy of a movie or video game does not equal a lost sale but customers demanding a refund and getting it or customers that would have bought your product but won't due to problems with your DRM does equal lost sales and a lot more than piracy ever will.
For those of you who say she deserves it because she could have downloaded mp3s legally through services forget that the music industry wanted to make mp3s illegal and resisted and sued out of existence every early music service. It wasn't until Napster that mp3s and downloading music became main stream and the music labels very reluctantly were forced to allow legitimate music services. Without "piracy" there was little incentive for the music industry to move into digital distribution.
The self entitlement mentality of artists is astounding. Who else believes they should be paid perpetually for work they do? Its insane and does not promote creativity. It allows artists to create one thing then live on their laurels for life.
We hear artists say copyright is there to guarantee them an income. Sorry sister but no one is guaranteed an income. You get paid when you find willing buyers. Money is earned by convincing people your work is valuable and is worthy of them paying you for it. Anything apart from that is dishonest and corrupt.
3D printing may make the fights over music and movie copying look tame in comparison. Imagine when you can print physical objects. The interests that manufacture these things are going to demand their products be covered under copyrights.
What this will do is make a lot of manufacturing obsolete. It could fundamentally change our economy since we may no longer rely on corporations nor the work others to provide for our own needs.
When we can provide our own wants and needs their is little need for money or other trading instruments since the basis for money changing hands is because person A has something person B wants and must trade something B wants to get it. If Person A can get what he wants without person B then there is no need for any kind of trading.
Before becoming a programmer I worked for an airline for many years as a reservation agent and the thing that generated the most complaints was the Frequent Flyer Program.
Yes the freebie. The give-away. It generated more complaints and ill-will by customers far more than even lost baggage, late or cancelled flights, extra charges, or airline food.
Free stuff gives people a feeling of entitlement. When they pay for something they are much more grateful for what they have and subsequently are less demanding and satisfied. People want to feel like they actually worked for something. It gives them self worth and a sense of accomplishment.
If 64% of teenagers are exposed to new music via Youtube. This means that those labels and bands that refuse to put their music on Youtube might as well not even exist to one of the largest music buying demographic.
What this will do is put usefully sites that have user generated content down while giving an advantage to read only sites that mainly just spoon feed information and services. This is one step closer the the RIAA/MPAA's main goal of having the Internet be a one way communication like cable TV.
Cyber-locker music sharing only accounts to 3-4% however the RIAA and MPAA are at war with the very concept of off-site file storage. They have severely crippled cloud computing for an significant problem.
The copyright imbalance is not in favor of creators. In fact our copyright and patent laws are a mill stone around creators necks. We do not have freedom to create. The song writer, the author, the painter, nor the inventor is free to express whatever they want. They must first traverse a minefield of copyrighted and patented works forever fearing that someone somewhere will accuse them of infringing.
Who copyright benefits are the non-creators who make a living off of other peoples work and who can afford to hire lawyers.