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ph03n1x

join:2003-02-15
Sanford, FL

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Re: U.S. economy loses $58 billion from piracy every year.

The rampant piracy of content, while it has caused a bunch of bullshit spin and lawsuits has also led to the creation of:

iTunes
Yahoo Music
Real Rhapsody
eMusic
Napster (legal version)
MTV Urge
Zune
Movielink
CinemaNow
BitTorrent Store (legal version)
Vongo
Amazon UnBox
Netflix
Blockbuster Online

Are these options all good ones? Most certainly not. Some are absolutely unusable and are no real step in the right direction. Some however, are quite popular and pretty good (iTunes, Netflix) alternatives to piracy.

Sure, the content "mafiaa" should abandon DRM and get with the program full force instead of pushing out more asinine half-hearted attempts like Vongo, but the fact remains that if there was no rampant piracy of content, digital download services either would be far far worse or would not even exist at all.

As for the statement of $58b in "piracy losses" per year, that's 100% pure bullshit.