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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > NYC Launched “Piracy Doesn’t Work” Campaign

NYC Launched “Piracy Doesn’t Work” Campaign

NYC Launched “Piracy Doesn’t Work” Campaign

Added: Thursday, December 30th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
New York City is trying to put a human spin on the job losses they accuse unauthorized file-sharing of. Meanwhile, it ignores the fact that the effects of file-trading are not limited by simply lost sales or profits. Besides, everyone understands that the money people save from unauthorized downloading will be spent in some other sectors of the economy.


Now it’s the NYC Mayor’s Office that repeats the same claim that piracy causes the destruction of jobs every year. It recently reached out to the Motion Picture Association of America and NBC Universal to start a campaign called “Piracy Doesn’t Work in NYC,” trying to put a human spin on the financial losses it says unauthorized downloading is guilty of.

It issued an open letter to New Yorkers, explaining that when they illegally download a copyrighted content from the web, they’re threatening the jobs of almost 700 thousand New Yorkers working for the creative industries. The letter asks citizens to consider the fact that everyone likely has someone working in or supporting the creative industries. Thus, they directly pose a threat for the security of their jobs.

The letter cites statistics saying that 12 billion movies and 40 million music tracks are illegally downloaded per year, causing over $2.8 billion lost book sales. Meanwhile, the rest of the members of the digital industry know that such claims are bogus and belie the fact that it’s impossible to quantify the actual effect of unauthorized file-sharing on legitimate sales.

The Congress’ investigative arm, Government Accountability Office, noted earlier in 2010 that efforts to quantify losses involve such assumptions as the rate at which users would substitute illegal for legal content, which can have considerable impacts on the resulting estimates. Since the activity involves different types of counterfeited and pirated goods and industries, it’s impossible to use a single method for such estimates, as each of them has various limitations.

Thus, the GAO summarized that the effects of illegal downloading on legal sales are not as simple as just lost sales or profits, and pointed out that piracy has a number of effects, some of which are negative, but the others are positive. While lost profits and tax revenue may be negatives for the government, at the same time users can benefit from increased access and lower costs.

December 30th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-12-31 21:12:22)
Esham1977 avatarHaHaHaHaHa what a joke

posted by (2011-01-01 00:54:57)
batkid avatarI don't live in NYC so on with the pirating!

posted by (2011-01-01 04:37:36)
jezuitx avatarI love how people who defend piracy point to the fact that company's can't provide hard figures for how much they've lost. It doesn't matter that they can't put an exact dollar amount down that everyone agrees upon, but at the end of the day these companies still had their intellectual property stolen from them by pirates. It doesn't matter if you were or weren't going to go see that new movie. Now that you've stolen it chances are you're not going to pay to go see it. Even if you do you'd have to pay to see it twice to make up for the time you stole it and I seriously doubt pirates are doing that. Piracy is theft and it hurts these businesses bottom lines.

posted by (2011-01-01 17:29:23)
BlackFalcon avatarI really do believe that jezuitx should relocate to New York and try to get a job with the Mayor's office. I mean, really !! If you think that this isn't a move from that city to get money from hollywood just by showing allegience to them, what they should really be doing is figuring out ways to create more jobs and not fall on the coat tails of a crusade against "sharers" who are not "pirates". I am getting sick and tired of all these organizations trying to "criminalize" file sharing, and lumping us all into a category of Pirating and Criminal activity. It's time for us all to stop watching and letting these idiots dictate our futures, and start being a part of the decisions they are trying to deprive us of. First let's take a look at these politicians who are in the pockets of the music and movie industry as well as thinking about what our country's stance on the internet is based on what some other country or countries believe. Who cares, we are the US and we invented the internet, and we believe in freedom of speech and NO CENSORSHIP period. It's time to let these morons realize that we are not going to continue being there punching bags any longer. We are more powerful than we or they even know. It's time.

posted by Turtle (2011-01-01 19:43:31)
julio99 avatarWhat the hell is poster #3 doing on a torrent site grinding down file sharing. Does he or she know what you do here? There's plenty of places for you to go and promote your negativity on file sharing, so don't come to our happy site and spew your anti piracy crap.

posted by (2011-01-01 21:02:41)
No avatarBlack Falcon ... No matter how you spin it. We are taking someone that doesnt belong to us. I realize that. Im honest up to say it.

How would you feel if you worked hard on a project, and someone took it. I understand their side. Like Ive said. Im guilty I realize

posted by Blocked (2011-01-02 06:09:02)
Nodurxshn avatarpiracy has been around longer than the internets lol ..i remember hookin my VCR's together to record vhs rentals back in the day on SLP i could fit 3 movies on one blank VHS..i think if you choose to sell something that can be duplicated from the sold source you take the chance of it being duplicated this isnt new the only thing new here is how all these companies are using piracy as a scape goat to hide the fact that entertainment these days is basically history on repeat ..its all been done before and ifor one am tired of paying to see the same crap over and over again i have already paid to see these movies when they were made the first time the remake should be free and hey guess what it is ..i think what a lot of people dont see ishow little the piracy population makes up for every one person downloading a movie theres 100 that pay to see it and who knows maybe that person who downloaded it wrote a review that persuaded 100 more people to pay to see it ..there is no way to know the positive or negative effects piracy has but i think at some point the companies need to be held accountable for the mass production of crap films instead of just blaming piracy..clash of the titans remake!? if anyone thought that was a good movie you should kindly go kill yourself

posted by (2011-01-02 17:34:23)
jpro132 avatarThey aren't losing money from me, if I didn't download stuff I sure wouldn't be buying it because I can't afford to with the amount of money they charge for stuff. I have a crappy job making crappy wages and the economy sucks so bad I can't find a second crappy job to get more crappy wages.

posted by (2011-01-02 21:17:00)
No avataror would it not be wise for hollywood to realise, we live in a digital age & to move forward with the digital age... about time they ditched the dvd cases, all the bullshit packaging that comes with it, how much u recon they cud save then?

posted by (2011-01-03 20:22:51)
August_West avatar@19ShadY90, et al : i doubt they would save much at all. i'm willing to bet that to make a dvd, print the packaging and dvd case, as well as factor in the shipping of the product, its still about $2 or $3, and it sells for $16-24....
what gets me with things like netflix or itunes movie rentals, they still charge $4 or $5, same as a brick and mortar video store, and yet they deal with no physical product.
if i am going to buy and fill hard drives by purchasing studios products, be it movies or music, then that product really needs to reflect the fact that it is i (we) who are suppling the storage media, and they need to cut prices exponentially

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