Obscurity is a far bigger problem than piracy. Even if people were buying CDs for $10,000 each, if no one has heard of you, you're not gonna make any money. If someone downloads your music and they like it, they'll be more inclined to attend your shows and buy your merch.
All in all, the times have changed. There is now more to music than just buying a CD. When the environment of the market changes, you either adapt or you die.
That's what I've been saying countless times before. The main driver of piracy is the lack of legitimate options. Where I come from, the closest thing we have to a record store is Wal-Mart, and their metal section is almost non-existent. The entertainment industry keeps limiting the legitimate options, yet they act surprised when piracy becomes so rampant? How stupid are these suits?
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And just like all those previous hurdles, the pirates will pass it with the greatest of ease. When will you dumb assholes at the entertainment industry actually listen to the advice we're trying to give you? We here at the tech industry are trying to help you fight piracy by offering you solutions that won't cause collateral damage, and yet you plug your ears and keep screaming at the top of your lungs that the only way to stop piracy is by implementing increasingly more draconian legislation.
And by the way, implementing plans such as "six strikes" and smugly dismissing all your critics as "freetards" is not going to make people buy music and movies at the store again. It will only make people hate the entertainment industry even more.
Try telling that to the myriad of artists who have become successful by using the devices given to them by the internet. In this day and age, the big media conglomerates you represent are fast become unnecessary middlemen.
I find it hilarious how the entertainment industry still believes that piracy is an "ignorance" problem. They seem to believe that if people only knew that piracy is illegal, then they'd stop pirating. How fucking naive are they? People already know that piracy is illegal, but they don't care. And besides, tech-savvy kids are always one step ahead of all the ISPs and the entertainment industry. I'm confident that they'll find many ways around this.