Published on March 15th, 2019 | by Alan Cross5
Why is piracy still a thing? Wasn’t streaming supposed to stamp it out?
It’s never been easier or cheaper to get legal access to almost kind of media you want. Yet people continue to pirate stuff.
Let’s head to Hypebot and this story from New Zealand. Maybe there’s something we can glean for some new research. I quote:
“The research confirms something many internet pundits have long instinctively believed to be true: piracy isn’t driven by law-breakers, it’s driven by people who can’t easily or affordably get the content they want.”
Same as it ever was, right?
Maintaining multiple subscriptions is getting expensive. People might want Netflix, maybe HBO Go, Hulu (at least in the US), Amazon Prime Video, and maybe some kind of cable package. The cost adds up real fast. Much cheaper to steal, right.
There is good news, though. With the ubiquity and cheapness of streaming music services–we have access to 50 million songs even with the free tier of Spotify–fewer and fewer people are bothering to pirate music anymore. Yes
But while music piracy is down from its peak in the 00s, it’s kinda like polio: beaten back but not quite eradicated. The biggest problem is stream-ripping, the process of using some kind of audio capture software to download audio from YouTube or
Still, seems like a lot of work even to rip a stream, doesn’t it?