PROOF: The War on Piracy Is a Complete Failure
Back in October, Napster co-creator and investor Sean Parker argued that in order to accept Spotify as a business model, you first must accept that "the war on piracy is failure." According to a new Danish study, which echoes his sentiments, 7 out 10 participants questioned – i.e. 70% – felt, to a greater or lesser degree, that piracy is socially acceptable. A minority of just over 30% of the respondents indicated that they feel piracy is completely unacceptable.
"When questioned for a 1997 study on whether it was acceptable to use pirate software, the same proportion – 3 out of 10 – said the activity was unacceptable," enigmax at TorrentFreak says. In other words, despite global anti-piracy efforts, for a decade now, people remain unmoved. They still see piracy as acceptable.
It looks like industry trade groups and labels aren't making much progress...