The pirate’s life


The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

The state of internet piracy is not entirely victimless, especially for some smaller content creators. (And sometimes not.) But the dystopian nightmare scenario of piracy destroying western civilization are far exaggerated. This is not even the first time studies have shown this!

The debate is far more complicated than “this is stealing” vs. “this is not stealing.” The issue is largely the result of corporations’ attempt to push an outdated purchasing model on customers and it resulted in piracy. Updated models (such as Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Video) are were able to swoop in because they understood the modern usage habits of people. No amount of covered up research will erase that fact.