Originally Posted by Ninjalawyer
If there was a tipping point to be reached, it would have been reached already. It is trivially easy for people to get most media freely if they want to, and has been for quite awhile.
I don't think we'll reach a tipping point whilst there are people still going after pirates though. There's just enough "risk" that it keeps those on the fence honest.
Even if they stopped going after all pirates tomorrow, it would take some time to reach a tipping point as in multiple years (assuming it ever happened). What I believe would happen, is pirates would become more vocal/open with everyone (there's a lot of closet pirates around atm imo
) and a few more people would join in. Over time a few more will listen to the "why pay for that, here you can get it free from here, no risk, spend your money on something else" and they'll join in etc... It might never spread to everyone, but a lot more would imo pirate than would do so if there was still some enforcement going on.
All totally speculation however and only imho. What could equally happen is, the pirates continue to pirate and everyone else continues to buy because it's the right thing to do or because piracy is still illegal even if it's not currently enforced. Which would be ideal as all the money spent chasing pirates and privacy compromises could be put to better use.