I remember when music came on cassette tapes and movies came on VHS tapes. All the kids at school shared tapes and you made copies for your friends. Then along came CD's and DVD's and they told us that these were going to save us a fortune, they said people won't be able to pirate them so there will be no piracy costs passed on to the consumer and also as well as being much higher quality the physical cost of the cd's and dvd's will be much less because of the moving parts on cassette tapes and bulky VHS tapes to produce, so again we will be able to massively lower the cost of your music and movies. Brilliant we said and we all rushed out to buy this new technology.
And whilst it was definetely much better quality than what we had been using it didn't end up being cheaper, infact they cost way way way more to buy. The reason was there was no piracy, the industry had complete control over us and could charge what they liked, they took advantage and for a while the consumers were shit on.
Piracy is a good thing, it keeps the MPAA and the RIAA in check. If they could press a magic button and remove piracy completely we'd end up paying a fortune for our movies and music. Hollywood also made record profits this year and the vast majority of 'pirates' actually support the industry as well. I pay to go to the cinema from time to time and will buy the odd thing here and there, I just don't buy everything.