I just started a unit with my G5 classes on Copyright and Creative Commons. We always have vigorous discussion on the issue and it’s interesting to hear my students point of view. As there are a lot of numbers that get thrown around when talking about Copyright, Copyright infringement and piracy, I thought it would be a good idea to find an infographic for us to discuss as a class. I stumbled across this inforgraphic title, “The Sky Is Rising” by Tech Dirt (if it’s too small, click it to enlarge).

It’s very interesting to see that despite the entertainment industry really showing their disdain for piracy (see SOPA et al.), and claiming such large losses as a result, they aren’t doing too bad with digital sales. And as Peter Nowak seems to suggest, piracy and legal sales seem to have a very interesting relationship. In his article “The counterintuitive truth about piracy and profits“, Nowak lists the most pirated movies of all time.

 

“Leading the list (of most pirated films) were Avatar, The Dark Knight and Transformers, all of which were mega-hits in theatres.”

 

It’s interesting to hear that some of the most pirated movies also did very well at the box office and on DVD sales. Now I’m all for Copyright and giving the original artist the credit and the money they deserve, but with figures like these, does piracy really have the negative impact we are made to believe? Are movies suffering at the box office and in DVD sales, or are popular movies at cinemas equally as popular as illegal downloads? I’ll be very interest in seeing what conclusions my students draw from these statistics, I have a feeling it works in favor of a lot of their arguments already.