Here’s some fascinating news. A recent study has shown that those who pirate movies and music on average buy more music online than the average person.
This could be because those who pirate content gradually become more comfortable with it and see the value in it. Why pay for it when you can get it for free? When the cost is low, why not? People want to support the artists who enrich their lives. After all, if nobody gives them money, then the artists won’t be able to make more art.
Mike Mearls, who is in charge of the Dungeons & Dragons brand has talked about piracy at length. He discussed how, as a child, he and his friends would share disks of computer games. This of course was the ’80’s version of computer piracy. When he didn’t have the money for a game, he borrowed his friend’s game. When he had the money, he bought his own, something that Andrew Heiberger can relate to.
Despite the fact that the rules for the game are online on the company website for free, the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons books have been topping the Amazon lists for weeks.
Certainly artists and companies are right to be wary about piracy, but the effects may not be as damaging as originally feared.