I love the conclusion drawn from this article:
Basically, what it says is that people who download files (like movies etc) illegally are amongst the big spenders of legitimate entertainment consumption.
"The study concluded that Kino.to's users were among the entertainment industry's best customers, using filesharing as a sampling method to determine which media to purchase, spending premiums to attend weekend showings of new films, and generally outspending average consumers in their media consumption."
I mean, who would have thought that people would actually go SEE movies as well as download them? It's as if they are fans or something. Weird.
And exactly how the f*ck did you deduce that these folks were using the site to sample media that they might later purchase? Surveymonkey?
I'm pretty sure the big bad entertainment industry is aware that these folks aren't downloading stuff instead of buying it all the time, but when they do download instead of buying, the rights holder is being deprived of potential profit (not all movies make money, you know).
And you wonder why it costs $15 to see a movie...