Re: Re: Re: as much
As I've posted before, I very rarely download things these days, I occasionally download songs which I already own, and cannot find the CD for, or the CD is too damaged to listen to. I used to watch films to see if they are worth going to the cinema for, and we go to the cinema every week, a couple of times. Sometimes I do download games which are old, or obscure. Since I prefer playing multiplayer games, I tend to buy the ones I'm interested in and leave the rest.
Profit lines are not hurt by downloading. They would be hurt if their managers were stupid enough to mess up their figures. Since downloaders are not taken into account when estimating costs and sales, profit lines stay well within the boundaries that they expect, people's jobs are not threatened, and the same amount of money goes to people who deserve it. For exactly the same reason that tape recorders and CD burners and video piracy have all failed to sink any industry, game piracy will not sink the games industry, and it has definitely not had any effect on Codemaster's sales.
What you, and the industry in general, fails to grasp is that it is only lost revenue if someone would have bought it instead of downloading it. If you cannot prove this, then it is not lost revenue. Money is not lost in production, because nothing was made to be stolen.
Is piracy wrong? Yes, of course it is, because it's still stealing, but no-one is hurt from it, they really aren't. The industry will complain about it and cut jobs to save money, but the only reason to sue people for lost sales is to make money from a market that wasn't even there ten years ago. Suing people when you haven't lost any money, and when you sue them for disproportionate amounts is worse than people getting a few games.
What it comes down to is this, for me anyway, when I was a skint student who had important things like beer to spend my money on, and who lived in the new world of file sharing as an amazing medium to pick up cartoons, films, club mixes and tv shows I would have little chance of finding anywhere else. Now that I have a job and money, I'll buy stuff if I really want it, I don't need to download it.
Maybe I was a "thieving pikey" once, but part of growing up is learning that things don't work in black and white, maybe you'll work out that theft is a much greyer issue than your own mother led you to believe.