BySankalp Agarwal, writer at

Piracy is an evil threat and is considered as the "P word" in the world of media-film, TV shows, music. It being considered the "P word" is correct and quite justified as it does not allow the soulful owner of some content to receive what he'she deserves for it. Films are hit in ticket sales, musicians are hit in royalties, TV shows are hit in TRPs, all of which translates into revenue, so indirectly, piracy hurts revenues. In this context, a question arises: Why really does piracy has such a big presence, especially in developing countries? There are many reason and this article aims to highlight some of those, I hope. (I'll cover more about developing countries)

One of the most prominent and physically visible reasons is that cinema halls in developing countries simply do not show English movies and just concentrate on movies made in those countries only. As a result, the citizens of these countries are forced to turn their heads to the Web, go to a torrent website, click on that tiny (or sometimes huge) magnet and download the movie of their choice. They can easily view films that are made in that country and are in that country's language, but to access other films, they have to rely on these pirated sources. Another thing that's tied into this cinema hall matter is that even when a movie of foreign origin is shown, the tickets for those movies are sold at a very high price than what is normal and as most of the people in developed countries are not of a high status, they cannot afford these tickets. And that's when pirated sources come into play, again.

This is the main reason behind film piracy.

Let's move on to piracy of TV shows.
There are thousands of people around the globe who are interested in TV shows and to access them, download them through torrent websites and the reason behind this is that these TV shows are not aired in their country. They do have channels which are capable of doing so, but most of the times, these channels show episodes that aired around a month or sometimes, even a year ago. The viewers have to be victims of outdated content. And then there's the other side of the coin where services like Netflix are not globally available. I think Netflix thinks that to spread globally, it will have to localize with the needs of every country, but to be honest, in other countries, people can see their own countries' shows and want to see those which are not of their countries' origin. If Netflix would expand without localization, none would object it because it will offer what people exactly want: More shows.

So, piracy of TV shows is dependent on two factors: Availability and Distribution, both of which are interconnected and one leads to another. I don't see any reason, as to why channels in developing countries do not air new and popular shows and when they do air them, why they don't air the latest episode or why Netflix is not available everywhere.

This is the reason behind piracy of TV shows.

Now, of all of this, a conclusion can be drawn that to tackle piracy in the media sector, the media sector itself needs to expand its availability based on region and language and has to become more consumer friendly, which now right is only seen in some countries. It needs to make itself more responsible and more accountable and then only will piracy be handled.

But there is another factor that plays into the practice of piracy: Laziness. Some people simply do not care that a film is playing in a nearby theater and want everything right at their doorsteps. They are too lazy to go to a theater, buy a ticket and then sit and watch a film. And these too leads to piracy.

Sooo, another conclusion can be drawn: Piracy is a fault of consumers too. They need to be more aware, more responsible (just like the content providers) and need to stop practicing piracy.

If both consumers and the content providers work together and play their roles properly, then one day, piracy maybe abolished.


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