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User Info: Lonestar2000

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2 months ago#1
https://cdn.netzpolitik.org/wp-upload/2017/09/displacement_study.pdf
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User Info: MrTuna

MrTuna
2 months ago#2
makes sense

Somebody I know has does this on more than one occasion
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SinisterSlay
2 months ago#3
Tc read all 300 pages of that?
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tzuyd
2 months ago#4
The topic title aligns with current prevailing theories about capitalism.
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User Info: DaedalusEx

DaedalusEx
2 months ago#5
To recap: EU pays for study. Study finds that "in general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements," but notes that piracy did hurt top blockbuster films, and conversely helped video games. EU doesn't like conclusion of study, tries to bury it.

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Jason_Hudson
2 months ago#6
DaedalusEx posted...
EU doesn't like conclusion of study, tries to bury it.


Sounds like the EU. So glad we won Brexit. I just wish the rest of Europe would wake up and leave the EU themselves.


Anyway, I suspect people would pirate games less if developers would put out demos or trials for their games, and I'm not talking the buy it and refund it s*** (which a lot of people don't want to do in case it puts their account in bad standing). Most people just want to make sure the game runs well and is worth the price of admission. Their only option is piracy or risking it with the refund system.
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arleas
2 months ago#7
DaedalusEx posted...
To recap: EU pays for study. Study finds that "in general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements," but notes that piracy did hurt top blockbuster films, and conversely helped video games. EU doesn't like conclusion of study, tries to bury it.


This is sorta like how everyone had told Valve that they were wasting their time trying to expand into Russia because Piracy was so rampant, and they changed the pricing of the games and made sure to translate games into Russian so that the pirated copies were effectively worse than the real deal anyway.

The "prevailing wisdom" in the business world is often not all that wise.

http://www.pcgamer.com/gabe-newell-on-piracy-and-steams-success-in-russia/
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dermoratraken
2 months ago#8
I've spent considerably less money since i stopped downloading stuff. But, we let corporations that sue grandmothers be in charge of the anti-piracy narrative for the last two decades instead of actual evidence.

User Info: DaedalusEx

DaedalusEx
2 months ago#9
Jason_Hudson posted...
Sounds like the EU.


Sounds like any governing body that has a cozy relationship with big business, honestly. Here's the best bit:

The decision to not publish the full report didn’t stop EU from making use of its findings when it was convenient. According to Reda, the Commission published figures from the study in a 2016 academic article highlighting the negative impact of piracy on blockbuster films while negating to include information that showed a lack of evidence to suggest piracy is harmful to other industries
http://www.ibtimes.com/eu-buried-study-found-no-impact-piracy-entertainment-industry-2592661

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JowyBlight
2 months ago#10
And the part where it says it cost them €360k to do the study and thinking it would be "Ha! This'll show 'em!" and then they didn't publish it when it didn't have the results they wanted.

The link in the OP seems to be dead too. Wonder why they'd bother to take it down now. Just like the pirated files, once it's been on the net you're not gonna do damage control.
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