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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MegaUpload’s Founder Explained How Piracy Works

MegaUpload’s Founder Explained How Piracy Works

MegaUpload’s Founder Explained How Piracy Works

Added: Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Kim Dotcom has posted a 5-step list on his Tweeter account explaining the common reasons why people pirate. It is addressed to rights owners and lobbyists to let them better understand piracy phenomenon.


Dotcom’s first advice says “Create great stuff“. That’s an important message for content creators believing that they should get paid for their work despite the questionable quality of their labor. Kim points out that creating great content is a challenge, and receiving payment for your work is to be earned.

Another important step, says Dotcom, is make it easy to acquire. Actually, that’s a rather old problem of the industries, because those keep refusing to accept new methods of distributing their content. As such, consumers are inclined to purchase products which are available when and where they want it.

Another problem which drives consumers to pirate material is the release date. Dotcom explains that the solution is “same day worldwide release”, which makes perfect sense. Of course, people will pirate films, games and other content in a region where they become legitimately available later than in the rest of the world. For instance, the movies are sometimes released in the US weeks or even months earlier than in Europe.

Beside the above mentioned issues, the content creators are also recommended to consider offering a fair price for their work. For instance, Louis CK, a well-known stand-up comedian has managed to earn millions while keeping the audience close by offering affordable prices of maximum $5 for a video and $45 for a show ticket.

Finally, compatibility is also an important issue. MegaUpload’s founder points out that working on any device is the best strategy. Why do you think Humble Bundle, a collection of indie video games, managed to make millions? The answer is obvious: because those video games work on any OS – Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Everyone can enjoy playing the games and benefits for both the seller and the consumer are more than obvious.

These five steps were just Dotcom’s matter of opinion, but there can be many other reasons for people to pirate content.

January 10th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-01-10 17:48:51)
tonymengela avatarCorrect, as well as many others, I think the major one being is release and cost. greed.

posted by (2013-01-10 20:08:03)
The_Ritty avatarI've been saying this for years. Exactly the same thing...greed drives the entertainment industry and we have to pay for their greed because we circumvent it in order to relax and have a few hours of enjoyment. Make a decent album and I'd buy it. Make a good movie and I'd buy it - USED to be my conclusion but EVERYHTING is so AWFUL nowadays why bother giving a red cent. I pay for the DVDS I burn on AND the internet connection I use. That's good enough. SOMEONE is gettng my money - you wanna pick a fight, fight with them. Cuz I gave already...

posted by (2013-01-10 20:10:54)
alexanderlecard avataralthough most will look at him and say pirate. I do agree with his surmises

posted by (2013-01-10 20:34:15)
Jonesey avatarThe_Ritty I agree completely. Those days when you had 10 good movies a year are unfortunately over.

posted by (2013-01-10 23:37:48)
Taltos1667 avatarI, too, echo Jonesey's comment; and not just movies, you have to work hard to find 10 good albums or (sometimes even) songs released in a year. Not to mention, though I will anyway, having bought the albums on vinyl, cassette and CD, I'm not paying to d/l yet another format of the same music, or movie for that matter (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray).

posted by (2013-01-11 04:52:24)
No avatarits twitter not tweeter lol

posted by (2013-01-11 08:06:50)
JKoop avatarTweeter

posted by (2013-01-11 20:31:12)
zarathusa88 avatarmovies are sometimes released in the US weeks or even months earlier than in Europe. HELL YEA... of course i pirate movies if some get out in america a month b4 europe ..i live in europe unfortunately. true example...cloud atlas came out yesterday in italy while the US release was October 26, 2012 ..and that my friends is a one heck of a good reason to download the pirate version

posted by men (2013-01-12 12:58:08)
dmxoneIuv avataryes, follow suit like Louis CK did...i bought his show online, bought aziz ansari's stand-up show...unlike louis ck's video that i could play on all my devices, i had problems with Aziz Ansari's video playing on my ps3 so i did have to pirate an xvid version. but $5 is fair if its drm free like Louis CK.

AND i'm also going to Louis CK's show next week, $45 straight up per ticket, no agent fees or hidden fees or nothing...i was just telling my barber about his technique and how he made so much on that first video, he donated and gave bonuses, and kept the rest, shit, that he did deserve, not greedy at all in my eyes

posted by Blocked (2013-01-13 14:47:49)
SnEhiT87 avataryes tht was it....start tweeting now,.....mega start work with Julian lolz !!!!

posted by (2013-01-14 08:06:03)
JimBeamLean avatarAnd lets not forget the high price and annoyance of going to the theater. I'd rather spend $20 on a pizza and have friends or a girlfriend over and watch something on my 56" than spend $40 alone on a date; and that's not even going to include dinner after or before; as well as dealing with whining children, people's cellphones going off, or some little brat kicking the back of my seat.

posted by (2013-01-16 09:38:55)
No avatarHe's right about quality. I have all 7 Next Generation box sets on my shelf because they were great. I spent 120 on those things and had no thoughts about piracy. The same can be said for the extended LOTR dvds which 90 was spent on.

It's great stuff and I wanted the official version. Of course I do like saving money on content so that I have more money to spend on other things. I think the tablet / smartphone market has soaked up the money people saved on films, games, software, books and music. Any money saved is not lost from the economy.

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