I bought a new blu-ray movie DVD and sat through three long, boring unskippable anti-piracy notices at the start of the movie.
Lets assume every person who watches DVDs / Blurays puts up with a similar inconvenience approximately once a week on average
Assume a total therefore of twenty seconds of time wasted per week, per viewer. 52 weeks a year is 17 minutes of wasted time per year, per consumer.
Assume 200 million US consumers + 200 million more from Europe, Japan, Australia etc, as a conservative figure.
That’s 56 million hours wasted per year by people watching this stuff. (6,392 man years)
at an average wage of say $16 an hour (src: http://www.data360.org/dsg.aspx?Data_Set_Group_Id=773)
that means pointless unskippable copyright notices cost the global economy $896,000,000 a year, enough to create maybe 18,000 decent paying full time jobs.
Looked at another way, the lost time equates to (assuming average life expectancy of 78.1 yearts according to google) the lives of 81 people.
I hate piracy, but I hate stupidity too. And unskippable piracy warnings are not only stupid, they are wasting the best part of a billion dollars a year.
Pass it on… :D