File Sharing Putting CD Counterfeiters Out Of Business?

from the perhaps-the-RIAA-should-be-happy... dept

While studies have shown that unauthorized file sharing has no real impact on legitimate CD sales, the site TorrentFreak is suggesting that it has hurt one business: counterfeit CDs. The guys who stand on the street corners or at flea market selling cheap, but fake, copies of popular CDs are finding a lot less demand these days thanks mainly to file sharing. In the past, if someone didn't want to pay top dollar for a CD, their only choice was basically to buy one of these knockoffs. However, these days, with the growth of file sharing, they're better off just getting the songs free online. People who still want real copies of the CDs still buy them, but the market for cheap knockoffs just isn't there any more. Of course, you never hear the RIAA mentioning this "positive" aspect of file sharing...
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    CasperIV, 19 Mar 2007 @ 1:22pm

    Re: Negative..

    Since when did the RIAA sue bootleggers? I always see the same ones for as long as I can remember...

    Anyway, I doubt blueray or HD-DVD will make a difference. That same logic was applied to DVD's being "too big to copy" and "too expensive to burn", but here we are. Back in the day of early DSL, you just started your large downloads before you went to sleep, or while you were out of the house. Besides, only 1 person in an area needs to download it, then they can pass it to everyone else via LAN or Flash Drive. Most of the early DVD pirates (and I believe currently) were not burned to media, but just played from the computers. People who really want a high quality movie to be watched on their expensive entertainment center just buy/rent the movie.

    I don't download movies because the quality is not high enough and I happen to be in a position where I can afford to. Now, if someone says they downloaded a movie because they are too poor to afford to buy it at a ridiculous price, do I call them a thief? Of course not, it's not stealing. To steal something you must take something from someone else. If they can't afford to buy the movie, they can't afford to buy the movie. That means there was no lost sale and that person gets to see the movie. The question I always find asking myself is, how many of these people keep the movies once they download them? I mean if you can download a movie for free of course you will download it, whether it's good or not, but how many of these movies get deleted after being viewed once?

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