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  •  I just posted a comment asking about this (1+ / 0-)
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    but can you elaborate on how they come up with the "losses due to piracy" numbers?  I don't see how they could do that without accurately knowing how much is actually downloaded/passed around each year, or how many people would buy it if it weren't available pirated.

    Reality has a liberal bias.

    by Hayate Yagami on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 12:48:32 PM PST

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    •  The number of illegal downloads can be (3+ / 0-)
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      calculated fairly accurately. The technology is straightforward.

      It's the second part of your question (how many people would buy it if it weren't available pirated) that's key. And the industry assumes full retail price for every illegal download to get their number. Which is obvious bullshit. And tying it to job creation is even more tenuous. Namely, it has 0 to do with it. If a movie nets 100 million instead of 200 million, it has no effect on how many people worked on the movie or how many movies get made. It really doesn't.

      •  If it isn't too complicated, (0+ / 0-)

        can you explain how they track the number of downloads?

        Thanks. :)

        Reality has a liberal bias.

        by Hayate Yagami on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 01:50:08 PM PST

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        •  I'm not particularly knowledgeable, but the (1+ / 0-)
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          internet is not as anonymous as most people think. It's just a matter of monitoring the popular torrent sites and their web traffic. You always leave an identifying electronic trail whenever you connect to another computer (it's why you're likely seeing localized advertising on this very website). That's why studios and ISPs can not only count the downloads, but find the exact addresses of the people doing the downloading.

          Google "most downloaded torrents" to find out more about the methodology behind torrent tracking.

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