First concrete proof of the harm of piracy
The developers behind the Project Zomboid gamethat they’re taking it offline. Someone recently released a new pirated version of the game and it’s causing some problems. Project Zomboid has been pirated before, and while I’m sure they don’t like it, they realize there’s not much they can do to stop it. But the new pirated copy is different.
The new pirated version now has an "update now" button, and that’s a problem. The developers have to pay for the bandwidth for each copy that is downloaded. It’s killing them.
I have to say that I admire their attitude: "We’ve always turned a blind eye to pirate copies, even on occasion recommending people who had problems with the legit version try a pirate version until the issues are resolved. We realise the potential viral benefits of pirate copies, and while obviously we’d prefer people to purchase our issue is not with those."
I call this the first concrete proof of piracy because all the other times I’ve read about income lost to piracy there was always a large degree of handwavium built into the figures.
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