Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!
Honestly I used to pirate all the time, music, film, games. Why? Because I couldn't get any of it legitimately. TV shows I wanted to watch were going for a couple hundered per series by splitting it up as 2 eps per dvd, even though it could easily hold several more. Music was just impossible to get hold of in my area, and games were (and still are) insanely overpriced.
Nowadays, I watch all my TV through legit sources like netflix or crunchyroll. Do they have everything? No, but they have most of what I want to watch, and that's good enough for now (wish they had a wider selection though)
Instead of buying my console games I signed up for lovefilm (i know I know, i use netflix for streaming because at the moment it has a better library of entertainment) instead of spending £40 a month for a game, i'm spending £5 and playing several.
If a legit source presents itself to the masses then I'm sure aa great deal of people will grab the legit source. But that's one of the issues.
You have pirates split into two camps. Mine, the people who would grab it legit if it were going for a price they're willing to pay, or if it were even avaliable. And the pirates who have no intention of buying it in the first place.
Either way with the present costs of films games and music, the industries aren't really losing any customers. They're just blaming piracy because it's easier than admitting that they're overcharging on their products. I mean look how much business improved for them when pirate bay finally got blocked in blighty. Oh wait it didn't.
I just hope more execs realise they'll make more money licensing out their IP to services like netflix or loveFilm, and give up on this insane fight against piracy, because right now one of the options will give them a boost in profits, and the other will cost them millions in legal fees.