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Another Study: Pirates Are Industry's Biggest Paying Customers
Most Americans Don't Support Throttling or Blocking Pirates
by Karl Bode 08:40AM Wednesday Jan 23 2013
A new Google-funded survey out of Columbia University (pdf, via Ars Technica) unsurprisingly finds that those who pirate also tend to buy the most content. Despite the RIAA having a hard time admitting this fact, that pirates are the industry's best customers is something that has repeatedly been shown to be true in studies -- over and over and over again.

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The survey also unsurprisingly found that the majority of those polled oppose throttling, blocking or censoring of content by ISPs, search engines and governments, though the results vary depending on age and how specifically (or perhaps menacingly) the questions are worded:
Support for search engine and ISP blocking tracks with age: only 39% of 18- to 29-year-olds support requirements that search engines block sites, while 59% oppose them. Americans 65 and older, in contrast, support blocking by 59% to 31%. Other enforcement questions are less age sensitive. One possible explanation is that the young are less tolerant of blocking by services viewed as primary gateways to the Internet (such as ISPs) than of services perceived to be secondary or replaceable (Facebook).

When asked if the government should block access to sites that infringe, majority support for enforcement vanishes: 40% say yes; 56% no. When we replace the word "block" with the stronger "censor," support drops further: 33% say yes; 64% say no. Americans do not like government involvement in these matters. Should ISPs “censor” infringing content rather than “block”? Support drops 12%: 46% say yes; 49% say no.
That's of course why throttling, blocking and otherwise hindering users via the upcoming six strikes plan may not be the smartest plan, since the industry is essentially shooting their best customers in the foot (not to mention the significant additional problems with the plan). Not only because pirates tend to be the biggest buyers of legit content, but also because using the government and ISPs to play piracy policy simply creates additional ill-will toward the entertainment and content industries. Not that the RIAA or MPAA have shown concern at any point about either.

Offering easy, legitimate ways to acquire low-priced content continues (Steam, Spotify, GOG) to be the best weapon against piracy.

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Snohomish, WA

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reply to skeechan

Re: Hypocrites

The "Proof" in the stories you quoted appears to IP addresses supposedly linked to the studios, something you have repeated said CANNOT be linked to any given offender, so if it's not proof for you, it's not proof for them either.
even if we accept the IP as one linked to the studio, YOU have no way of knowing if the individual there was given written permission(a license ) to download for tracking purposes.
Even if it was a rogue employee, specific regulations prohibit an employer from publicly disclosing how or why an employee was disciplined or terminated for violating company regulations and/or federal, state or local laws.
so IF it was a violation, it MAY have been dealt with in even a more punitive manner or settlement then what they attempt to do to members of the public they caught.
It's not a matter of studio employees first, it treat all equally.

If YOU have ABSOLUTE proof of violations in the US, why haven't YOU taken them to the DOJ or state AG yourself?

Go Colts
Fort Wayne, IN

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Re: I'm a Pirate

said by Skippy25:

You do realize that there are a couple flaws in the ignorance of your come back right?

Yeah. But since there were numerous flaws in the original premises I figured a flawless retort wasn't necessary. In the future, for your benefit, I will consider a more appropriate example for any hyperbole.