The very first sentence of this story contradicts the title, and itself. "On January 16, 2012, an academic study concluded that not only does the US box office not suffer any loss of sales due to piracy, but also that Hollywoodâ€™s delayed release dates drive piracy, at a seven percent box office loss, internationally."
So the US box office suffers no loss due to piracy, but there is a seven percent box office loss due to piracy. Huh? You can't get any more contradictory than that.
Maybe instead of making up excuses and using invalid studies to provide bogus statistics to justify piracy, people should just stop downloading things that they haven't paid for. It's stealing, and stealing is piracy. I just don't understand peoples' thinking when it comes to this. Pirating movies from the internet (and using current thinking to justify it) is no different than taking a book from a bookstore, then justifying it by saying new books are overpriced and it takes too long for them to go on sale, come out in paperback, or show up at the libray, and I really want to read it now, so I'll just take it. Or would that be OK, too? After all, no one is losing anything because I wouldn't have bought the new book anyway, right? And I'll probably buy the book when it goes on sale or comes out in paperback, even though I've already read it for free.