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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    Jus Rhymz, 21 May 2007 @ 3:23pm

    More about pirates

    I just wanted to say that if you think piracy is on the decline your crazy. I am african american and besides my friend who does this full time, I know of 3-4 other people including this innocent looking white girl who sells pirated anime dvds in downtown magificient mile chicago. As long as there are stores selling movies for 20 bucks and cd's for 15 bucks you will always have a market for pirated versions for cheaper prices. Even if i learned how to download unless it takes 5 minutes of less to make a copy of a movie I still will buy from the pirate. Sometimes the quality sucks but MOST times I get screener copies like spiderman 3 and the invisable. And pirated music IS THE EXACT SAME in quality as what you buy in stores. So you guys dream on if you think times are hard for the pirate because to me as a consumer of pirated goods my connections basically are giving me more product for cheaper prices. 2 years ago I paid 15 for 4 cd's now I pay 15 for 5 cd's. I used to pay $10 for a pirated dvd but now I pay $5. the bootleg guys are not going out of business they just have to charge less because 1. every body is doing it, 2. people are downloading so you just cant charge what you use to. PS whenever police stop my friend for selling movies, they give him a ticket for soliciting without a license. they never charge him with piracy or get his address to raid his home with the piracy equipment and master copies. Piracy is not dying due to downloading.

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