The ability to change features, prices, and availability of things you’ve already paid for is a powerful temptation to corporations.

  • @lightnsfw
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    44 months ago

    My criteria for what makes something worth purchasing versus pirating is pretty simple: can I purchase a file in a format that I want to be able to use on all my devices without DRM for a fair price. If that’s the case then I’ll buy it. I buy stuff off GOG and Humble Bundle all the time.

    As for streaming. If the service is good and has enough content on it to keep me invested then I’ll pay for the sub. For several years Netflix was good enough that I almost completely stopped pirating movies and shows. There was just always something on there to watch. When it got to the point that I had to look for shit that I hadn’t seen before and wanted to watch I cancelled it, and I haven’t picked up any other services since then other than what came with my internet. I’m not going to juggle 14 steaming services and try to keep track of what is available on which one when I can just pay for a VPN and download everything from one source. Especially considering some of the more niche stuff I want to watch isn’t available on any of them a lot of the time.

    The bottom line is make not pirating more convenient and cheaper than pirating and I’ll stop doing it.

    • @Copernican@lemmy.world
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      14 months ago

      The bottom line is make not pirating more convenient and cheaper than pirating and I’ll stop doing it.

      How do you make it cheaper than pirating?

      • @lightnsfw
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        24 months ago

        I have to pay for and setup hardware to store and distribute media I pirate which costs money and time but I guess I didn’t really mean it had to be more convenient AND cheaper just that if there was a service that beat piracy on those two points combined I would use it. Spotify for instance has pretty much all the music I would want so I haven’t downloaded any for a few years.