DVD Copy Study Claims Piracy is on the Rise
The study is also reporting that 63-77% of respondents conceded that they would purchase at least some of the titles that they had duplicated in the event that the movies could not be copied. 18% of US participants indicated that they had failed to make copies of specific DVD’s found on a 40 title list used in the study.
Futuresource, Copyright 2008
But let’s not forget, this ‘study’ was sponsored by Macrovision, the cheerleaders and profiteers of DRM. Surveys and study data are often manipulated and skewed to the benefit of the sponsor. With that in mind, I am skeptical to believe any type of piracy or DVD copy report that is sourced from the good ol’ Macrovision boys.
Upon further analysis of the report, it appears that Futuresource conveniently does not differentiate between backup copies of legally owned content and illegitimate copies of unowned content. “Although the majority of people are copying from their own purchased DVD in both the UK and USA, a significant proportion of people are copying from rented and borrowed titles.” Source: Futuresource. How nice of them to define ‘piracy’ as any copy of any DVD movie, legally owned or not.
If you’d like to read the full report prepared by Futuresource, it can be found here.