FrankChurch wrote:Does anybody have the stats on how many books are illegally downloaded a year? My question would be would they buy them if they could not steal them?
Not sure that's a relevant question. It's one that is often asked, but embedded in it is the assumption that "I wouldn't pay for your book so I downloaded it. At least you're being read." The value, of course, to the artist is less than zero.
I will repeat something I've said before: "If you can't afford it, you cannot have it."
It's true for me, and it's true for the punk-ass kid who thinks it's okay to illegally download music.
If we, as a society, decided that people only need to pay for services and products when they have the money (but otherwise it's free to them) is the day our entire society decides it doesn't have the money.
Think of it this way: you bring a box of candy bars into an office of well-healed lawyers. Every one of them makes a million bucks a year. You put the box of candy bars on the table and tell everyone that it's "on the honor system". If the person taking a candy has money, they must pay a little extra for a bar -- but if they're broke they can just take one. Someone else will make up the difference.
In short order your candy will disappear, and you'll be lucky to have a dollar or two tucked into the box.
It's not a sustainable business plan, and ultimately it's you -- the person who made the box, bought the candy, and brought it into the office -- who will lose the most. Everyone else gets free candy.
That's what you're suggesting, Frank.