Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies and content creators trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. But is it something you personally partake in? And if so, how often do you do so? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Keep YouTube Free!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube?”
Out of a total of 216 votes, 49.5% chose “No, YouTube should remain free,” 28.7% chose “No, I already block ads anyway,” 16.7% chose “Yes, up to $10-per-month,” 0.5% chose “Yes, up to $20-per-month,” 4.6% chose “Other,” and 0% asked, “What is YouTube?!”
This means that a total of 78.2 percent of our readers are not willing to pay for YouTube in any way, shape, or form. Either because they believe it should remain as a free online resource, or because they already block ads anyway and therefore see no need to pay for the privilege.
However, 17.2 percent of our readers are willing to pay for YouTube, and if that percentage held firm for everybody who watches YouTube, Google would make a rather tidy profit. We doubt that would be the case though, so we await more news about the company’s plans to make YouTube pay in the months ahead.
Comment Of The Week
If I like something someone has created on Youtube, I might well like whatever else they create, too. By helping them get paid, I encourage them to create more and show my appreciation for what they’ve already created. The thing to remember is that ‘free content’ isn’t actually free — it cost the creator time to come up with and edit and it costs Youtube money to run the servers and deliver the bandwidth.
I like Youtube and a good deal of the content I find out there. I don’t mind dropping money into the bin to keep the show going. I don’t even mind others watching the stuff for free, not all of us have excess to donate from and if my paying money helps others with less cash to enjoy the show, that’s all good as far as I am concerned.
We chose this comment because it adopts a common sense approach to the whole issue. This reader is fine with others enjoying online content for free, but recognizes that in order for them to keep producing the kind of content he enjoys, those who can afford to pay should try to do so. Bravo.
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Avast, Me Hearties!
Despite continued efforts by the various industries involved to crack down on online piracy, the practice is still alive and well. Why is this? Is it all about saving money? Or is it more about the way content is released at different times and in different ways around the world?
These are all questions you should feel free to answer in the comments section below. But first, please vote in the Poll, telling us how often you pirate copyrighted content. That being anything you don’t have permission to download without paying for first.
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. What content do you pirate? How do you justify pirating copyrighted content? Is it all about saving money? Or is it more about the lack of availability?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.
The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.
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