If you listen to the folks at Hollywood, piracy costs the film industry $6.1 billion a year. The music, software, and gaming industries also make similar claims to loss to the folks sitting at their computers and downloading torrent files. Plenty of systems are in the works to combat this, the most infamous being the now defeated SOPA bill, and the latest being Internet providers that will start sending warnings to people caught pirating.

But there may be more to the picture than meets the eye. There are of course people who believe pirating content is an essential right, as the Pirate Party will argue. Then there are people who believe that piracy is the result of content providers not giving due weight to new forms of digital distribution (a point I made in a column for The Epoch Times).

There are some interesting statistics on the actual cost of piracy that we believe is essential to understanding the issue. And with that said, I recently received an infographic from Katherine Long of Online Graduate Programs that presents this information well.

I would like to be clear that at TechZwn, we do not support piracy, but we do support innovation and digital freedom. We also believe that it’s important to hear different perspectives, and to know the real data and statistics on issues such as this. So check out the infographic below, and let us know what you think.

Music, Movies, Programs & Piracy
Created by: www.OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

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