Screen of the poll
Based on the BBC link here, a Swedish court have sentenced the 4 founders of Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site, to a year in jail for breaking copyright law
Now the question of the poll is the verdict fair? Who's to be blamed for piracy? What should be the right course of action to battle piracy?
Almost everyone has done their share of illegal download of movies, songs, games etc. Here are some general responses & my opinion(s) on them:
The producers, actors/actresses/singers & related parties make MILLIONS of dollars from legal sales...downloading for free wouldn't hurt much...
Hm...So? According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), 95% of music downloaded online is ILLEGAL. When you consider that online sales account for 20% of music sales, that's a lot. Revenue shrank by 7% last year.
We're not even talking about struggling artists, newbies & artists from genres other than mainstream. What about their business? Where is the protection for this group of artists?
The Pirate Bay founders shouldn't be punished: they merely provided the site, we should be hunting the people who upload the files, in the very least...
The site is an avenue for these pirates to "share their goods", removing the site will cut off their access to the world. Is the verdict harsh? I think NO. If anything, this will show other pirates out there that piracy is a serious misconduct & that they will be punished. With sterner action, we can crackdown on piracy & protect the copyright of the products.
Then what about us downloaders who just want to have it cheap?
I'm not a regular buyer of software, mp3, movies, etc hence my opinion may not be valid. Since I do feel that sometimes that CD is too expensive or the DVD isn't worth it, it may do the companies good to reduce the price of their products. Currently big music labels are cooperating with Google to provide free downloads of songs & share ad revenue with the search engine company.
In the end, it's really gonna take a collaboration between the producers & the customers to reach an understanding. Piracy is a breach of ethics & this is something we shouldn't support. It'll be hard but if we don't start it, who will? :)