So I stumbled across this poll on a torrent site and I just had to share it. You hear all the time how content owners equate each download with a lost sale. The filesharing crowd is quick to dismiss this. Then they counter with anecdotal stories about filesharing making people buy more than before. It’s all theoretical and it’s pretty easy for people to just say whatever when they are being surveyed, so knowing the actual truth is pretty much impossible.
That being said, according to this actual poll on a torrent site, 57% of the nearly 44,000 respondents are either buying less now that they discovered free downloads, or stopped paying for content COMPLETELY. Nearly 44% claim that they stopped paying for content completely once they found piracy sites. While 40% are either spending the same or more than they were before, with only 9% saying they are spending MORE. You do the math, sounds like piracy is costing copyright holders losses, at least according to this poll.
Cue the “this poll was fixed by the MAFIAA” drones who believe any time the numbers don’t jive with the narrative they want to advance that the numbers must be wrong.