Could pirating be a good thing?

Commentary by
KENNY LEAR

Internet piracy is something that we have all come across at some point in our young adult lives.

Whether it be that new album that just came out from our favorite artist or a copy of the new season premiere from our favorite show that we just had to download, most of us at some point have been involved in internet piracy.

We have heard about it all, growing up with the issues of sites like “LimeWire” where music was shared illegally by its users, and it was shunned by the music industry for all their loss of revenue.

This was of course the loss of record sales that they were receiving due to this site. Actually, internet piracy is a rising problem today with piracy going up by 48 percent from 2008 to 2014 based off information from the website digitalmusicnews.com.

But what if the opposite was actually true? What if due to internet piracy, the sales of a work of media actually went up?

An example of this can been seen with the popular show Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones and been one of the most pirated shows on the internet over the past couple years and was the most pirated show of 2015 according to the site Torrentfreak.com.

The interesting fact is that in the same year it had some of the highest DVD sale records with 286,000 units being sold in its opening week and making around $9.98 million in revenue according to the-numbers.com. So what does this say about the show, beside it being popular?

Well we infer that even though a lot of people are able to get the content free online due to internet piracy, that a lot are willing to spend money on supporting the series they already had downloaded, or saw enough of it online to want to purchase the DVD to see more.

At the end of day this is the most pirated show but has remarkable DVD sales despite this. I am not advocating for pirating off the internet at all, but this makes one question of whether it really is such a bad thing.

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