First, piracy doesn't make companies lose sales.
I wanted a demo of Supreme Commander, couldn't find one that would download at a decent speed (I mean hey, 100kbs for 2gb ? dream on) so I grabbed the full version from newsgroups.
I now have the retail version sitting in my house.
I wanted a demo of The Witcher, couldn't find one that would download at a decent speed (TWENTY KILOBYTES ?) so I grabbed the full version from newsgroups.
I now have the collector edition sitting in my house.
I wanted a demo of Assassin's Creed, couldn't find one that would download at a decent speed (wtf only 200kbs?) so I grabbed the full version from newsgroups.
I now have the box sitting in my house.
What's more, a downloaded game doesn't equate to a lost sale.
I played the demo of french hack and slash Loki and it only featured one character class out of the 4, which I didn't like.
I somehow acquired the game and it didn't appeal at all, so no, no sale for you.
Did I mention my PSP runs a custom firmware and I mostly play my old GBA games on it ?
Or my girlfriend's NDS which has a linker to play ROMs and yet we must have 4 of them so far ?
Or my Wii which has been modchipped for over 4 months and has only seen 1 downloaded game, one that's not released in Europe ?
Piracy ? Looks like a good sales booster to me.
Hell a week ago I wanted to buy a single song on the interweb and couldn't find a decent service without DRM.
So I grabbed Audacity (GPL = win!) and ripped the song away, it falls into fair use anyway.
Now let's talk about DPI.
They're gonna use DPI right ?
How are they to differentiate *legal* and *illegal* copyrighted contents ?
Surely it's all bits in the end ?
What about password protected archives ?
SSL usenet ?
Or perhaps I'm downloading from a dedicated server in sweden (try hellanzb.py guys) and thus not committing an offense in France ?
This is plain ridiculous, all the more since the report on the effects of piracy has been established by FNAC which is far from neutral.
Even if their DPI crap were to work (hey guess who's gonna pay the price for all this expensive and ineffective DPI hardware ? consumers ?), that won't prevent people from trading DVDs like we did floppies.
Ah well, at least the report does ask for the end of DRM so something good *might* come out of it.
A french guy that bothered to read all of the report and found it very biased.