[QUOTE=Circlestrafe;2578227]I don’t care why Markus â€œNotchâ€ Persson wants to pretend piracy isn’t stealing, because it simply is. Just because something isn’t a tangible object (like the vehicle he tries to use as a frame of reference), doesn’t mean people are free to take it and do what they will with it.
He’s also only partially correct regarding a ‘lost sale’; a lot of pirates wouldn’t buy the product anyway, either because owning every game and/or song is out of almost everyone’s ability to afford in many lifetimes, but if they had NO CHOICE but to buy some of the stuff or do without, they WOULD buy some of the crap they pirate. Therefore there are SOME ‘lost sales’ but lost sales does not equal the number of times something is pirated.[/QUOTE]
There is also the case that piracy can turn into increased sales. I’ve downloaded an album from an artist I’ve never heard, or heard of, before, really liked the music and gone out and bought his back catalogue. (around 20 albums). The artist in that example was Dr. John and I’d never heard his music before and would not have gone out and spent money on the off chance I’d like his music.