5 May 2010 | Category: Software
As of April 2010, a third of all sampled customers in the US and UK were found to be copying DVDs.
This had increased from a quarter of those sampled only six months previous - given the time that has passed since this survey, one must believe that an even higher percentage of consumers are now copying their DVD entertainment.
When presented with these rising numbers in piracy, DVD and film companies have started to explore alternative business models, including more aggressive marketing of downloaded and streaming videos. This enables the companies to make a profit on the sales of their product while cutting down the cost of production, but if piracy numbers continue to increase one must wonder how distribution companies will continue to make their profits.
One must also question why a number of respondents to the survey would admit their illegal acts of piracy, given that the research is also likely to fuel increased efforts by DVD and film distributors to crack down on those committing the piracy. Individuals who pirate films from rental copies (the method favored by the small-time home hobbyist) should understand that they are taking part in illegal theft, and that illegally copying DVDs, whether for your own use or use by others is not a victimless crime, and should not be done.