# Thread: The Equation Behind Piracy

1. Some people really and truly have too much time on their hands....

Pcopy X = β Pm + [(β Pr)/x] + T( Wα ) + N

Pm = price of blank media
Pr = price of recording devices
N = the nouveau factor (a constant used to explain residual value of an authentic copy)
W = wages per unit time (opportunity costs)
T = time it takes to make a copy including search costs
β = a time weighting factor indicating a decrease as a function of time
α = a time weighting factor indicating an increase as a function of time
X = the number of copies made on the same device (depreciating the initial cost of purchasing the recording device over the total number of copies made)

Edit: Ignore the spaces in the second set of parenthesis, as the board makes a smilie when they are absent.

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3. errm, so did you figure that out yourself?

4. Here is my equation:-

Pd = Fd + Mmb

Pd = Paying For DVD
Fd = Free Pirated DVD
Mmb = More Money To Buy Beer

5. Booz X fst - Bznz / £ = 50% good time
Bznz / £ + fst = 0% good time
boz X fst + reply = 99% good time

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