P2P File-Sharing Ruins Physical Piracy Business | TorrentFreak : If the likes of the MPAA, RIAA and IFPI are to be believed, file-sharing is causing worldwide havok, costing billions of dollars and creating unemployment. It's true that some people are feeling the P2P effect; they're called "physical pirates" and one of them says that file-sharing has ruined his business.

The story is about a Brit who made CDs and DVDs of music, games, movies and software and sold them for up to 10 quid at car boot sales. His (illegal) business has collapsed as he can't even give them away now. The combination of P2P file sharing and cheap DVD burners mean that there's no market for cheap ripoffs any more.

So let's get this straight. If you can't even sell cheap pirated copies what hope is there for selling the real thing?

I do have to take the story with a pinch of salt. I understand there is still a big market dominated by the Chinese in London for pirated disks. And I seem to remember seeing people selling bootleg tapes and CDs last time I was in Camden Market. Perhaps this is just a case of the future not being evenly distributed. Or maybe it's that you have to offer something unavailable elsewhere such as bootleg concert/mix performances.

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