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That action equates into lost sales for the music company.

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Because she already has the songs, your girlfriend no longer has a reason to go buy the CDs. Also, because the songs are removed from the CD, your girlfriend may be unaware of the other songs by the artist.


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So she might not choose to purchase other CDs. It is not a situation where people get to do what they want and only pay if they think it is worth it. People were at times offended that we would tell them what they were doing was unethical and illegal. By now, I think most people know that bootleg copies are illegal, but they elect to acquire them anyway.

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Sorry, meant to say: Publishers have never been as active as MPAA or recording artists against copyright infringement. Publishers have never been as active as MPAA or the recording artists against copyright. Wish they would be. The new Senate and House bills are designed to at least help content creators a little, by hampering those websites that profit from disseminating copyrighted books, movies, and music.

Now, the uproar from the pro-piracy crowd is that such laws will kill the Internet, and that information should be free. I write entertainment. If the Internet exists only to steal, then perhaps it should die.


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It is just statistically impossible to know what percentage of downloads occur because someone feels entitled but would have bought the product otherwise, and someone who is taking an item for free that they would have gone without otherwise. It is always hard to put reall meaning to figures like that. From an economic standpoint, there is still money changing hands, so it increases the size of the economy. But it still amounts to the people doing the work not getting paid as much as they should.

Piracy is a big problem. Thanks for opening my eyes more to this topic. It is a violation of law, after all. I think it would also be helpful to make it socially unacceptable to pirate goods. I hate it. I believe that dialogue needs to change. Rather than make negative comments about people who buy products legally, we need to be giving people hell for pirating goods. There will still be people who do it, much as there are still people who shoplift, etc. As a group, I think we need to value paying for goods end encouraging others to as well.

Screw that. And that the author is now losing out on royalties for work she spent a year on? A john buying a prostitute is buying illegal goods. Right now there is an atmosphere in which the person doing the right, moral thing buying the product legally is the one receiving a negative response rather than the person downloading products illegally. Where I live New Zealand , prostitution is legal, and they advertise in the entertainment section of the local newspaper, right beside the Dilbert and Garfield cartoons.

Whether or not something is legal does not change the moral connotations. As a Christian, I believe that prostitution is wrong for both the prostitute and the customer. Piracy is also wrong. It is stealing. However, I see piracy as quite different to a library where the book has been paid for, and where the author could in theory at least refuse to allow copies to be loaned in the same way as many DVDs carry a warning that they are for home use only. I was watching an American Football game a couple of nights ago, and there was a warning at the beginning to say that it could not be copied redistributed in any physical or electronic manner.

So if you have watched Football highlights on YouTube, you have contributed to piracy too…. Wow — love the discussion here. Yes, lots of my material is pirated — we periodically take a look and laugh. But I see my books as simply a marketing tool for the profitable parts of my business — those being seminars, workshops, coaching, speaking, affiliate links, holiday open houses, and much more.

It is good that works for you, but not many of us can say that. I your case, it sounds like piracy actually helps your business. Dan, your business model applies to those who write non-fiction, and like you, only sell books to support the major revenue-generating parts of their business. For them, the book IS the business. And yet I still want to keep pursuing a career in this industry…. I do love to write. Just a thought to back up what you mentioned to combat the issue: I have always tried to buy directly from those authors and their publishers whose work and persona I respect.

It does help to support the industry that way. Pirates are a little more dangerous since they can distribute a copies to many more people and still have their own copy. The library is loaning out free words. Almost every library I know of has Hunger Games, and yet, the book still sells very well when you know the readers probably could read it for free. Will piracy change this?

I think in some ways, piracy can hurt authors, but so can libraries. There are books I might have bought if I could not have got them for free at the library but there are also books I bought because I discovered the authors at the library.

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I know one author who was upset because someone translated his book into Spanish and put it online for free. I want my books to help people, not just make money. Making money would be nice though. I have mixed feelings about libraries. As an author, I would love to sell the book to everyone who borrowed one of my books from the library.

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It upset me one time when a woman thought she would be cute and say that she wanted me to sign her book, but when I told her I would, she told me it was the one from the church library. But on the other hand, it seems like a waste of resources to print one book for each reader.

The library system is simply a formal way to maintain a shared pool of books for the people of a given area or organization. In the library system, only one person can check out a book at one time. To increase availability, they have to pay the publisher. With piracy, they may purchase one book, but when they want to make it available to more people, they just make more copies.

Library worker here, shaking my head. This is the exact opposite of piracy. If it is loaned out many times, libraries buy multiple copies to provide adequate access. Furthermore, libraries are a cultural and educational institution that do far more good for the community than harm and raise awareness of reading and support for authors. Also, if you want to get technical, libraries are funded by tax dollars, so all those people who check out a book are paying for it.

I think the economical implications of libraries might be a little similar to piracy. Though not to nearly the same extent. The books are getting read more than most books that are bought by normal readers too so there is a chance sales are being lost. I also wonder if a bit of fan piracy of lesser known authors might help them become more well-known and sell more books.

I admit, if I ever do get published, I might donate my book to the local libraries since I use them a lot. I agree that competing with free and trying to connect to readers is the best way to go. Fighting piracy just makes the pirates stronger. Ha it worked with any other illegal activity?

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Thank you! Yeah, to thousands of people??? They make tons of money anyway. Authors, editors, agents, etc all work so hard. I happened to blog about piracy today as well. Mostly taking a different point of view, but your last point is excellent.