Don't give them too much credit now.. Just because pirates are also paying customers doesn't mean it actually makes sense. You have still got to take into account that they are antagonizing their paying customers and simultaneously making the experience less enjoyable for them after they have already paid through the nose to be there to watch the film.
I think the article is somewhat off base. Not that trying to stop piracy by advertising isn't stupid in general, but the idea that people who pirate movies and people who pay for movies are two separate groups is incorrect in my experience. Everyone I've ever known who pirates movies also pays to go see movies, particularly in the theater where you are paying for the experience and not the movie
More likely it's because of pressure on one side to implement the TPP and from the other side that the public hates it. The countries in the TPP are all making their copyright legislation worse (ie: closer to what the TPP requires) ahead of time to match what will be required so they can say the TPP doesn't require much changes.
Re: Re: Re: Re: We need to ban it because a mass murderer featured it, so.....
Yeah companies don't need to announce policy changes on the news unless they want to make a big hoopla. In Calgary (where this stuff is a stretch to even be called relevant), they had a "big hoopla" on the news interviewing people about how they wanted the cops to make their neighbors take them down, the neighbors saying "F*%K you Rosco" and a bunch of companies about how they were going to boycott it because of the shooting.
Re: Re: We need to ban it because a mass murderer featured it, so.....
The confederate flag has always been the symbol of southern [wannabe?] rebels, and big media / gov / companies / whatever promoting it as a symbol so bad they won't associate with it only lends it legitimacy as a non conformist symbol.
Something not mentioned in the article, but I am curious about.. Has the number of daily sales been consistent for these devs? You would think the added confidence in the medium would bring a few more buyers. A 55% increase in refunds paired with a 65% increase in sales isn't necessarily so bad. Even a slight sales increase might paint a much less depressing picture since the return rates could certainly drop
And they can still sell duct tape? Like with no gov't issued monopoly at all?!? Mind Blown! What do they do.. like actually try to make people WANT to buy from them or something? WTF is this world coming to!
You are too generous.. I'd say the problems have a lot more to do with conflict of interest and bad intentions. They might be using duct-tape, but it's going to be with the intent of tacking on something to funnel money their way.. At best it will be under the guise of an attempted fix.