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How You Can Stop Magic Piracy

By Andi Gladwin - Wednesday, May 1, 2019


We have received an overwhelming amount of support for our piracy efforts since my last blog post on the subject. I received a couple of emails that made me think a little: those emails asked what else we were planning to do to stop pirates. These people perceived the problem solely as something we needed to fix and hadn't thought about how they could help.

It is my opinion that we should all be working to stop magic piracy as a community. Companies should be doing most of the hard work, of course, as it's our job to protect our customers (sadly most magic shops tend to ignore the problem), but we can all do a few things to help eradicate piracy in magic. Therefore, here are five suggestions:

1. Don't post links to pirate websites, or even use their names on forums and social media. The more links and attention these sites get, the more sales they get. Not good.

2. Don't buy from them. Obvious, I know — but it needs to be said. These sites are only in business because they have customers. So if you buy from them, you are keeping them alive.

3. Educate your friends. Surprisingly, not everyone understands the damage that buying from these people are doing to this industry. Let your friends know about the problem.

4. Stop contributing to magic torrent and file share sites. There are plenty of sites of this nature out there if you look hard enough, and we believe that's where most pirates get their products from. So even if it feels like you're sharing content with a small community, you're actually damaging the entire industry, and that's not cool.

5. Tell the magic producers when you find piracy. There's a good chance that we already know about the key players, but we always appreciate an email to let us know what you have found. If there's something we can do to act on it, we certainly will!


Reader comments:

Vernon

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 17:29 PM - Reply to this comment

That's what I have always hated. Poor John Cornelius (may he rest in peace) he got ripped off more than any magician in the business. He finally just gave up and got out of magic, so sad. I know he had more effects to market but refused cause it hurt him so much to see his own creations ripped off. A true sad situation for the magic community as a whole. The rip off artist know who they are and don't care. They need to be stopped.

Vernon Almond
Wichita, KS.

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