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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Piracy – Engine for Innovation?

Piracy – Engine for Innovation?

Piracy – Engine for Innovation?

Added: Thursday, August 22nd, 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, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
The industry recently saw a wonderful essay on piracy written by Robbert van Ooijen, who has just graduated on Internet music and music piracy as the master of New Media & Digital Culture at the Dutch University of Utrecht.

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The essay calls to learn from piracy, and this is why. A few days ago, the US government has prepared another list of the “notorious” world markets for copyright violation and counterfeiting, compiled from complaints of copyright owners. This list can be useful for businesses, online services, and maybe even the entertainment industry itself – as a valuable source for innovation.

The problem is that when people talk about piracy practices they can often see only its negative sides, regarding it as stealing and unfair competition. However, there is another side of piracy which shows it as a useful source for market insight, a creator of new markets, and even an inducement for innovation.

First of all, piracy practices can be used for market insights. For example, Napster revealed the massive demand for online, digital music, demonstrating a desire to have access to digital high quality recordings, a wide selection of music, and a user-friendly service – which none of the existent legitimate services at that time could offer. Later, Napster helped establish a new market for Internet music, the most obvious legal example being the iTunes Music Store which proved that people were also willing to pay for online music. Finally, piracy formed an inducement for legal, innovative business models like streaming instead of file-sharing (remember YouTube?) – it is now becoming a common activity offered by lots of legal services.

As you can see, originally piracy practices and services could eventually evolve into legal businesses – even Napster tried to accomplish this but unfortunately failed. As for YouTube, it initially had struggles with pirated videos but finally closed a deal with royalty collecting societies and music labels. Another good example is Grooveshark, a popular streaming music platform, which is often considered as a pirate service, but is currently trying to make the transition from a semi-legal service to a legitimate one.

So, why can’t pirate services be regarded as an engine for innovation? Perhaps, if piracy practices were regarded as a source of innovation rather than just a negative thing then industry could actually benefit from piracy cultures.


By:
SaM
August 22nd,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, August 22nd, 2013



Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2013-08-22 17:50:47)
Anatonia avatarBecause of the system we live in: Capitalism!

2
posted by (2013-08-23 02:06:06)
Rockman avatarHang on their # 1 things are just as bad in russia and red china and both countries have no capitalism and haven t both communism and socialism in the world failed and a fourth choice hasn't been found yet . .

3
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-08-23 12:33:56)
Embolism avatarP2P has changed and is fronting up and coming artists without the corporate snakes making money off them as well as giving a free platform for the world to hear such,this is a threat to corporate America and the music industry.The benefits to P2P are also apparent as pay to view films after release date could be done via P2P without the wait of 6 months for the DVD or the need to attend cinemas if the industry embraced rather than vilefied P2P the industry would benefit greatly but they only see the $ signs and do so to their own detriment.

4
posted by Turtle (2013-08-23 12:59:16)
No avatarRussia and China don't have capitalism? That'll be news to Russia and China.

5
posted by (2013-08-24 12:16:27)
OpenMinder avatar@ Rockman (#2): Unfortunately, you, like many others, are confusing communism and dictatorship with socialism. Are you American?

Socialism does in fact work in the modern world, and there are examples of countries and societies in this world which in fact DO have successful socialism policies and socialist societies.

Please stick to the appropriate facts and information before making blanket statements that are misinformed and not factually correct.

Capitalism and Communism are the culprits, not Socialism. We as sentient beings (and hopefully intelligent at that) do not need a fourth option, rather we need to use our brains and compassion for a change.



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