An additional view on Piracy

The last time I mention the study of the Swiss government about the illegal file sharing. If you haven´t read it the last time or you are not able to read it, I will give you a short overview.

The Swiss government on copyright

The Swiss government was asked to verify his copyright bill, to protect the rights of his owner, because they stated a downturn in their income.The study shows that one third of the Swiss are downloading illegal files, often with a lack of knowledge which is legal and which is illegal. But the study shows one remarkable and important thing. The income that was and is spending for the entertainment sector didn’t decrease. There was only a shift in spending. They state that the people spend their saved money into other goods like concert tickets and merchandise.

With this conclusion the Swiss government saw no need to act on his copyright bill. Because there were only a change in consumer behavior and the company have to adjust this situation on their own.

 Another interesting fact

Ernesto from TorrentFreak, a very informative sit if you are interest in this subject, stats in his article that the number of illegal downloads of TV-Series are decreasing in the USA and that continuously over the last past years. Because of legal alternatives like Netflix and Hulu. Ernesto gave us a little prove of his statement “When Fox decided to delay the airing of new episodes on Hulu in August, many former Hulu users turned to BitTorrent where the number of US downloads more than doubled.”

Back to the studies. Under the motto

 “Never trust statistics you didn’t fake yourself.”

Brian Jackson brought up a report from an anti-piracy group that should prove the opposite. This group, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), with members like Microsoft, Adobe Systems Inc. etc., claims that they found “a bonanza of economic benefits” for Canada. If they only could reduce their piracy rate by 10 per cent, over two to four years. With thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars for the economy.

Is there really a Bonanza?

To get different view of this kind of “shocking” report Brian Jackson asked Michael Geist, an Internet law expert at the University of Ottawa and he quoted to this“The suggestion that reducing unlicenced software use leads directly to great IT purchasing is demonstrably false, given the many examples where organizations lower piracy rates by turning to open source alternatives.”

He also pointed out in his own blog that the BSA sad that the piracy rate “dropped by three percent to 29%, the biggest drop among developed countries and – the BSA noted – an all-time low.”

And in addition to that he states a symbolic question “Has that created thousands of new jobs and generated billions in new revenues and taxes?”

I hope I was able to give you an additional view about this kind of subject.