It's brought sweeping changes to both the music and film industries, but how is piracy now affecting console videogames – and is DRM the answer? Next-Gen investigates.
The pirate's world is hard to map. The producer's perspective, shown in apocalyptic adverts linking downloading movies to everything from the porn industry to international terrorism, sits ill at ease with many people's own experience of running off a copy of The Goonies for a friend. And yet this shadowy business has brought at least one industry to its knees, forcing music executives to rethink everything from distribution and pricing, right down to which bands to sign.