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Old 25-03-2013, 00:05
Callous
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Probably not, but they could go through an awful lot of hassle unless, as you suggest, great care was taken to ensure that no such person was never accused in the first place.

Better still, would be if the rip-off merchants marketing vastly overpriced music, movies and software arranged for digital only 'rush release' copies of their wares to be legitimately available for, let's say 25p per MP3 and possibly 75p per movie, and maybe a whole 1 for a program. Obviously, these would be just the main product, no extras, no blu-ray, no printed manual, no case, etc, etc.

There is no financial impediment to doing this, it's only unrelenting greed that stops them. If prices were fair, people would buy rather than go for illegal copies. This theory is already proven beyond any doubt by both the Android Marketplace (now Google Play) and iOS App Store, with something like half a million apps between them, few of which are regularly pirated.
I thought the piracy on Android was rampant (IOS is better but it's still a problem) .

I've seen devs saying their $0.99 Android games had anywhere from an 80% to 99% piracy rate depending on the region.

Even stuff like the indie games "humble bundle" (where the money goes to charity) had a 25% piracy rate..even though you could buy it for 1p.

Plenty will pirate regardless of the fairness of pricing.
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