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Internet access and Broadband have greatly increased the amount of piracy, not just in Music but in other areas. How do you feel about it?

Do you currently download copyrighted content (music, movies, games) online?

16% (4) Yes, at legal sites
33% (8) Yes, through P2P/Other
29% (7) Yes, through both
4% (1) I used to, but stopped because of industry tactics
16% (4) No, I don't have any interest in it

24 voters have answered this question.

If you download through P2P or other, how do you feel about pirating these types of content? Music:

66% (16) Yes
16% (4) No
16% (4) Only if there is no legal way

24 voters have answered this question.

Movies:

47% (11) Yes
34% (8) No
17% (4) Only if there is no legal way

23 voters have answered this question.

Games (PC & Console):

54% (13) Yes
37% (9) No
8% (2) Only if there is no legal way

24 voters have answered this question.

Computer software (Adobe, Norton, MS Office)

50% (12) Yes
45% (11) No
4% (1) Only if there is no legal way

24 voters have answered this question.

Old or "Out of Print" content (The kind only used sellers are making money from, but could be re-released later as a boxset, special edition or something)

54% (13) Yes
29% (7) No
0% (0) Only if there is no legal way
16% (4) Only until it is re-released (if it ever is)

24 voters have answered this question.

Do you agree with E-Publisher Tim O'Reilly when he says that "The main danger for most authors is not piracy but obscurity" ? (Not just E-Books, but all content)

61% (13) Yes
14% (3) No
23% (5) Holds true for new/independent creators, but not well-established ones

21 voters have answered this question.

Many broadband providers in the United States have been limiting upload bandwidth since the beginning. In many other countries (such as Japan, Germany and South Korea), download and upload are much more equally matched. Do you think that this is unfair?

52% (11) Of course, big telecom/cable is just greedy.
42% (9) They're doing it because of pressure from the RIAA/MPAA/ESA, etc.
4% (1) No, Those other countries are much smaller than the US so their ISPs costs are lower.

21 voters have answered this question.

What do you think the solution is?

4% (1) More lawsuits and Copy protection
31% (7) A Fair, legal paid download system with equal creator and user rights (No unfair copy protection/file formats or prices)
63% (14) None, piracy will always exist at current levels, there will always be a way around any roadblocks thrown in the way

22 voters have answered this question.

What's the worst problem with current legal download services? (Check all that apply)

66% (16) Unfair restrictions (filetypes, only x number of devices, no copying to disc, etc.)
58% (14) Prices are too high
62% (15) Selection is too limited
45% (11) Other

24 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2006-02-12 22:12:11 by BobIsGod42
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