By Edward Nawotka
Today’s feature story looks at a new study that reveals organized teams of pirates that have scanned 30-35,000 comics. The study also reveals that of the 50 best-selling comics, 58% of these are not available as e-books. One way of looking at the situation is to see the piracy as a response to unmet demand. In publishing circles, it’s not uncommon to hear something similar about all piracy. So how do you feel about the situation? Is this an accurate characterization? Or is it a convenient excuse for illegal, predatory activity? What purpose does it ultimately serve? Tell us how you feel and please explore the question further in the comments section below.
Are Book Pirates Fulfilling Unmet Demand?
- Piracy is illegal and publishers should do all they can to stop it (25%, 26 Votes)
- Piracy will always exist and we simply have to live with it (24%, 25 Votes)
- Piracy is a temporary stopgap until publishers digitize their entire lists (22%, 23 Votes)
- Piracy is a legitimate response to meeting unmet demand (15%, 16 Votes)
- Piracy is positive for publishers as it will ultimately drive demand (14%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 106