Why do pirates pirate and what do they profit from offering free download?
Online piracy comprising of free movies, music, and software and of course, e-books is all but a stake. The catch is that a host of legitimate and authorized companies can make a profit with link building and advertising in these sites which has huge traffic and revenue because of the free content being offered, that in the meantime the advertisers can find a bigger audience. Advertising and link building are hot tactics of internet business and marketing, which is the process of doing business that is taking over the physical market. The more a brand is seen in the internet, the better for their integration.
To some extent it does work, that pirates can benefit from the advertisements. Even if the links are directly not clicked by many skeptical readers, the sites and the business do get bulk customers from this stake which so if works, then garners huge profit that can be enjoyed by the advertisers, the advertising brands and the pirates, but not the publishers or the creators. And if the stake doesn’t work then there is no loss but it all ends up in proper altruism with a consumer getting free stuff.
“Download for free” is the key reason why online piracy thrives, and perhaps it won’t be wrong to say that these are the websites that grab the biggest traffic. The process hasn’t yet caused any major damage, but it certainly worries the creators and distributers of intellectual property to lose their review.
Some way or the other piracy is encouraged by different sources that are bulkier than the body that is discouraging it. There are a number of Government bills and orders against online piracy which a cyber crime, and a punishable offense.
The community of writers and readers are huge and it is still a highly valued market. Books are read, the music is listened to, and the celebrities are celebrated. But when one can save on the bulk expense of actually buying a volume while the same can be available for downloading for free of cost? Can we rely on human nature to say no to piracy? Human psychology is a different subject. But here and now the fact is NO. Readers would not say no to piracy when it is available on the net for free.
So it can’t depend on human nature that a source of a self publishing house and the writer of a book per se the copyright holders of it will strive to get the deserving benefits of their own creation. The war with internet pirates and copyright infringement has so far been lost as free e-books continue to be downloaded.
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"Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise." – Frankin Roosevelt
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"The hours men and women worked, the wages they received, the conditions of their labor — these had passed beyond the control of the people, and were imposed by this new industrial dictatorship. The savings of the average family, the capital of the small-businessmen, the investments set aside for old age — other people’s money — these were tools which the new economic royalty used to dig itself in. Those who tilled the soil no longer reaped the rewards which were their right. The small measure of their gains was decreed by men in distant cities. Throughout the nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly. Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine. The field open for free business was more and more restricted. Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise." From Speech to the Democratic National Convention (1936)
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NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.
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