Hello this thread is designed to gather statistic regaurding the real cost of piracy. Iâ€™m assuming that most of us are power users so we represent the worst of piracy. I have many friends with DVD burners who are incapable of successfully running Nero to copy a DVD, despite my support. It is only possible to give rough estimates. I think I would buy 3 CD or DVDs and 1 game a month. I would buy them online, pre-owned, or through those CD/DVD clubs, as cheaply as I could. I figure $80 a month. As far as software, I would use more Open Source and demos and purchase just what I need Windows and maybe 3 to 5 other worth while programs a year, like Dream Weaver. Iâ€™m thinking more expensive software but no more than $250 to $500 a year. OK, so it looks like I would be in an estimated $1,335, actually that is to much for my budget I would have to cut the entertainment budget $25 per month, maybe wait till games are older and buy 1 less CD a month. This would put me at $1,000 to 1,200 a year combined Music, Movies, and Games/Software. However I have an extremely rough estimate of 1,000 CDs times $10 a piece (prorated for quality), equals $10,000 in pirated materials. That is my whole collection I estimate 200 CDs a year. The industries would claim $25 times 200 CDs per year equaling $5000 per year, but that is not realistic.
So how many people are this bad and how do we calculate the non users who only have like 10-50 burned CDs. Maybe it would be easier to calculate the total number of sold blank discs times $10 minus sum percentage for lose (bad burns).
Maybe someone can take this further, Iâ€™m tired and Adult Swim is about to start.