Alright so SOPA and PIPA are dead-ish. But the constant appearance of bills like these always make me wonder how much damage does piracy ACTUALLY do to different industries? I can't find much which empirically shows that piracy has actually caused any reduction in film viewership, or music purchasing. BBC Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/05/how_damaging_is_illegal_filesh.html Can you think of the last time you didn't go an see a movie with friends or the gf because you could watch in grainy low def on your laptop? You might watch a film like that because your bored, and just want something to watch, not because your "GETTING IT FREEEEE!!!". As for music/tv I can see more evidence that this would be damaging. But given the option between affordable legal methods to listen to music and watch shows (Hulu, Spotify, Netflix etc.) I think most people will chose the legal method. I personally am quite willing to watch commercials on Hulu because I know that this helps pay for the continuation of shows that I like. I'm fine with commercials on spotify because it helps pay for the music I like. And Netflix simply offers a product at a rate which I have no problem paying. I know piracy is supposed to be running all the media companies into the ground. But I'm not buying it, sure stuff gets shared: Shared, not stolen because nothing is taken which cannot be sold due to its absence. So yes files are shared, but it is yet to be adequately proven to me that those shared items are actually directly linked to a decrease in sales. For all I know the sharing of copyrighted materials might eventually lead to improved sales and/or box office success. Anyone have some strong causal data?