Thursday, March 03, 2011

Piracy is Theft? Ridiculous. Lost Sales? They Don’t Exist, Says Minecraft Creator

Piracy is Theft? Ridiculous. Lost Sales? They Don’t Exist, Says Minecraft Creator
By: enigmax 3/03/2011

"The “piracy is stealing” argument raises its head in the media every week and is on the lips of anti-piracy outfits and copyright holders every day. To them, every unauthorized copy is a lost sale and another small dent in the company spreadsheet which, when added to a million others, will destroy it bit by bit. To the maker of Minecraft, however, its an opportunity. Piracy is theft? You must be kidding. Lost sales? They don’t exist."

This ties in with the earlier post about music piracy. It looks like more sanity is starting to bubble to the surface. Good for us.

2 comments:

  1. Depends what sort of piracy. The usual counter-argument that "people who pirate wouldn't have bought it anyway" does have some merit, in the case of piracy for one's own use.

    But then there are the pirates who are essentially counterfeiters. They get hold of the product, be it by legal means or no, and sell copies to the public, who do indeed buy it, albeit it usually at a steep discount. Many of them would have paid full price, had this alternative not been available.

    In the US, the buyers are usually unwitting dupes. In many others, they know darn well it's pirated, even if the pirates have gone to the trouble of copying the packaging as well -- and often even the general look of the entire store. This is a big problem for my current employer, Rosetta Stone, to the point of being a big reason why we've moved to a subscription model.

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  2. The counter fitters are something completely different from the ones the industry call pirates. Software is different from music, but the fundamental aspects are still the same. The electronic "bits and bytes" aren't actual property and can't be bought or sold. Read the earlier post about music. It goes well with this one.

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