ok… so there’s this 51.4 billion that people didn’t spend on whatever it is the pirated. What did they spend on, and if the person had the choice, would they have not bought that and bought the pirated product instead.
ugh… piracy numbers are so inflated. Mostly by the fact not everything downloaded is a lost sale. In fact I bet its a very small fraction. If people had to pay for it, they’d have to give something else up. That doesn’t mean they’d give up that other thing.
Not to mention consuming at a price point of 0, allows infinite consumption. Had these products been paid for, people would of had to deal with budget contraints… while there may be in an infite suppply of downloads, people do not have an infiine supply of dollars.