OK - here's a completely hypothetical question...
If you had access to unlimited media, and by that I mean EVERYTHING - every film, TV programme, music track - what would you be prepared to pay? I had this discussion with a colleauge at work recently and was wondering what others thought. Basically if you could pay 'someone' to download content generally found on torrent sites LEGALLY, what would you be prepared to pay.
I firmly believe that if such a service was available, and reasonably priced, it would virtually erradicate piracy, much like drug legalization negates the need for a black market - at least in the affluent counties of the world that would could afford to pay. And if it was available on such a scale, so much money would be generated, the economics would allow a reasonable price to be charged, and everyone with the content's rights could share the revenue on the basis of what was consumed. You could still by a hard copy if you wanted - but generally, it would opperate like spotify, in that you could stream the content.
We are living in an age where this could be a reality if, IMO, there was not so much corporate greed.
I believe most people who download illegaly wouldn't do so if the service was available at a fair price.
Personally I would be be prepared to pay £50 a month.