Study shows internet piracy actually benefits Anime sales

Study shows internet piracy actually benefits Anime sales.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Do illegal copies of films posted on the internet have a negative financial impact for the creators and producers who made them? The entertainment industry claims that it does, but a new study by Japan’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) shows that internet piracy actually boosts profits for Japanese anime DVD sales.

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Duh. If anime would be available globally, with subtitles, for a decent price, everybody who loves them would buy them.

But since good anime can take decades to make it over the ocean and be insanely expensive, people download it. And then they buy the originals, mostly for better subtitling.

I think i paid over 50 euro’s for Paranoia Agent. Which isn’t even that good. Wolf’s Rain costs me over 100 euro’s. A chinese bootlegger sells all the Ghibli movies for about $30.

I can personally attest to piracy helping anime DVD sales. I purchased four series (Trigun, Berserk, Hellsing, Full Metal Alchemist) and three movies (Ninja Scroll, Sword of the Stranger, FMA Conqueror of Shamballa) when I never would have heard of them let alone bought them without downloading them first. Admittedly, I’ve seen several dozen other series and movies that I have not bought. But if you make a great product I’ll buy it because I want the best quality A/V.