|What I always miss in these discussions on piracy, is that a pirated movie or music album isn't necessarily a missed sale.
I've pirated lots of music back in the day, tens of thousands of songs...
First, I wouldn't even be able to legally pay for all of that, so if I went legit I'd just have bought a few.
Second, it's very easy to download something, listen to it, and discard it if you don't like it.
When you buy a CD you've spent money on it and you're stuck with it.
Finally, I know many people download stuff, but still go out and buy the best of what they've downloaded to support artists.
The simple fact is that there's a whole lot we want to see or listen to, but we don't have the money to buy all of it.
Last, some stuff just isn't available to some people.
Like that time I found a Japanese band on YouTube and I checked Dutch stores, online retailers and even eBay, but just couldn't find their album.
A friend of mine had the same issue with some series that was cancelled and only available on Hulu or some such, which isn't available in the Netherlands.
I do have a pretty large collection of CDs and LPs though (over a thousand at least) as well as DVDs and Blu-rays (in the hundreds).
With Spotify, I stopped downloading music (mostly, sometimes some stuff that isn't on Spotify, like a game soundtrack or something).
Never downloaded movies, tried it a few times and ended up with Spanish versions or some such.
I buy my games too, as it's pretty difficult to pirate PlayStation games.
Anyway, the anti-piracy lobby should just STFU, revenues are still breaking records.