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Post by Laramie Castiel on 13/06/13, 01:45 am

NOTE: This is NOT a survey conducted by Otome Hearts or Bishounen Gemu Staff. This is purely for the sake of my future blog post.

Hello, everyone!

I've decided to write a blog post on piracy in the visual novel community. I searched for studies on this topic in both Japanese and English, but came up with nothing. That's why I created this survey.

I realise that the results I get won't be anywhere near the level of a proper study, but I rather report on a few facts rather than none or pulling them out of my arse.

Please, please, please don't take this as a green light to debate about piracy. I'm not here to start a war.

EDIT: Survey has now concluded, so I removed the link.

In case you're not certain, the survey is 100% anonymous and confidential.

Thank you in advance! =)


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Post by Aaeru on 13/06/13, 10:28 am

hey thanks for the initiative
looking forward to the post

although, i think u put way too many options for the questions for the number of ppl that were going to participate in it. that would spread the results very much, and lesser number of ppl would bother to read it all (i call it the tl;dr culture. no1 cares to read longer than a paragraph)

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Post by Aaeru on 13/06/13, 10:30 am

one more thing, i would have put in 'if there was a kickstarter to localize a game u were interested in, would u support it?'. or something about crowd-funding

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 13/06/13, 12:58 pm

Thanks for your opinions, Aaeru!

After making this survey, I've painfully realised just how hard it is to make a good one, but I've learned a lot, too. While I've got people saying it's a good and extensive survey, there are ones who say it could have been better, too. It certainly did get long, and there are maybe parts I could have condensed or joined together.

The reason why I have a lot of options for some questions is- as some have pointed out already- because of the need to take into account of the fact that some support the English side of the industry a lot, but pirate the non-translated games. 

That would have been a good question! I have included questions about supporting the industry, which will hopefully encompass the question you suggested.

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Post by monochromesketches on 13/06/13, 04:51 pm

I just did the survey~ All in all, I think it's a rather interesting topic, and I'm sure there are plenty of opinions on it :p

Anyways, good luck with your research~!

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 13/06/13, 04:55 pm

Thank you for participating! I'll be sure to let you know how you it goes.

EDIT: I've checked the amount of views this topic is getting, and... WOW. I'm awed by the amount of people willing to help me out. Thank you so much!

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Post by Loren Leah on 13/06/13, 10:44 pm

I hope you don't mind but I linked it on my Tumblr haha. I figured the larger your data set the better.

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 13/06/13, 10:56 pm

Wow, thank you very much! =D

I made this survey just to gather some information (rather than it being an attempt to resemble a credible study), but I've gotten way more responses than I thought.

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Post by Ace of Hearts on 14/06/13, 12:28 am

I like your survey. It brought up some interesting aspects of visual novel piracy that I don't hear about that much.

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Post by Daeyamati on 14/06/13, 03:16 am

I just took the survey and am looking forward to reading your blog post! Like of Ace of Hearts said, I wasn't aware of some aspects of piracy in the VN community.

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 14/06/13, 07:01 am

Thanks for the kind words, Ace of Hearts and Daeyamati. =) I plan on doing two articles on piracy. One will be about exploring the results of the survey, and another will be a general look at piracy in the community itself.

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Post by Daeyamati on 14/06/13, 07:56 am

I look forward to it! Any idea where you're going to post it?

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 14/06/13, 09:40 am

I've become a contributor on Otome Jikan, so definitely there.

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Post by alice3ify on 15/06/13, 01:57 pm

Filled in the poll and I commented like more than 3 paragraphs about the piracy and things. Do hope you would want to consider what I thought in the poll Laramie! x)

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 15/06/13, 03:14 pm

Of course I do!

I've got more than 500 responses now. I was expecting 300 at most. From what I've been hearing, some people have been reblogging, linking to, etc. my survey. Some have asked, most haven't. I'm not concerned, though.

I've got almost 200 comments now, so I can't promise that my blog post will answer to everyone's comments, alice3ify. However, when I said that I don't want to categorise any side of the argument, I truly mean it. I don't think all pirates are evil, nor do I think all buyers are doing "good". The latter is especially puzzling to some, but I will address that in my post or a future one.

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Post by alice3ify on 15/06/13, 03:24 pm

Thanks for the response! 

I understand if it is like 500+ I'm sure it'll take a lot of time to read and process the results (o_o).

Now that I think about it, I think the poll I filled in contained more than 2k words. ;; (Sorry). But nah. I trust you enough to view and write the post objectively without including subjective stands in either both sides.

I am going to wait for your post soon Laramie. x) It has always welcoming to see peeps doing things for VN community (which is tiny tad a little compare to the other communities).

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 15/06/13, 04:35 pm

I really appreciate the people who not only took the time to answer the questions, but also wrote their thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. in the comments section. I thought yours [alice3ify's] was very informative, and offered a different perspective.

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Post by nugeyo on 16/06/13, 05:46 am

Just responded, hope I'm not too late! I'm looking forward to reading your findings. :D

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 16/06/13, 09:36 am

Thanks very much!

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 18/06/13, 10:10 pm

Sorry for the double post, but I just wanted to announce that the survey period has now concluded. Please expect the results within a week. Thanks so much for helping!

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 29/06/13, 09:32 am

Sorry for the double post again, but I just wanted to update and announce the results! Thanks to all whom participated.

A quick guide: the results will be posted in a "percentage of people who selected the response; amount of people that selected the response" format (e.g., 50%; 100 [people]). 606 people participated in total, however, due to a variety of reasons (some questions were added in later, some people didn't answer or forgot to answer certain questions, etc.), some questions didn't have all 606 people answering them. The top answer(s) will be highlighted in red for those that are only interested in which response(s) had the highest frequencies.

1) I am aged:
Under 13: 0.8%; 5
14~17: 25.5%; 154
18~24: 54.8%; 331
25~30: 14.7%; 89
31~39: 3.5%; 21
40~49: 0.7%; 4
50+ : 0%; 0

2) Your current employment status is best described as:
Full time (30~40 hours per week): 13.9%; 84
Part-time (Below 30 hours per week): 11.4%; 69
I'm an apprentice, or otherwise, 'earning as I learn': 4.3%; 26
I'm an unemployed student.: 59.5%; 359
I'm not a student and I'm unemployed.: 10.8%; 65

3) How regularly do you play/read visual novels?
Everyday, or close to everyday.: 19.2%; 116
Very often: 37.3%; 225
Sometimes: 26.5%; 160
Occasionally: 13.9%; 84
Rarely: 3.1%; 19

4) Please select the statement that best describes your frequency of pirating visual novels:
I regularly pirate them regardless of the language: 12.6%; 76
I regularly pirate them. However, not releases I can get in English: 8.3% 50
I pirate quite often, but I wouldn't say 'regularly'. However, not releases I can get in English: 7.9%; 48
I pirate quite often, but I wouldn't say 'regularly'. The language doesn't influence my decision: 7.8%; 47
I sometimes pirate visual novels. The language doesn't influence my decision: 8.8%; 53
I sometimes pirate visual novels. However, not releases I can get in English: 13.6%; 82
I rarely pirate visual novels. However, not releases I can get in English: 11.3%; 68
I rarely pirate visual novels. The language does not influence my decision: 3.6%
I have done so maybe once or twice, but never do now: 8.8%; 53
I have never pirated any, and still haven't done so: 13.2%; 80
I do not pirate visual novels, but I used to: 4.1%; 25

NOTE: I just wanted to add how I definitely should have split this question into two. My goal was to try and see how much a visual novel being in English influences the decision to pirate or not. I could have easily separated frequency and English questions, so, sorry about that! I have no idea why I didn't just do that, honestly...

5) If you chose any statement other than 'I have never pirated any, and still haven't done so', please select the statements below that best illustrate your reason(s) for doing so:
I wasn't able to get it in English: 46.7%; 283
It isn't/wasn't available in my country.: 43.2%; 262
I can't/couldn't afford the games themselves and/or the shipping costs. 35.5%; 215
The particular game I wanted to play wasn't sold anywhere: 30.2%; 183
I think/thought that the game(s) is/are too expensive. 27.1%; 164
The shipping costs are/were too expensive: 27.1%; 164
There isn't/wasn't a demo available, so I wanted to see what it was like. 15.7%; 95
This question is not applicable to me. 12.5%; 76
Other: 7.6%; 46
I don't/didn't agree with the current laws surrounding piracy (copyright infringement, intellectual property laws, etc.) 5.8%; 35

6) If you have pirated a visual novel before, but decided to stop, what influenced your decision?
This question is not applicable to me: 55.9%; 339
I felt guilty: 15.2%; 92
I decided to stick to English releases.: 12.2%; 74
I started to earn more money (or received a large sum of money).: 10.9%; 66
Other (please specify) : 10.6%; 64
I decided to stick to free releases.: 10.1%; 60
I decided that I no longer wanted to risk it by breaking the law.: 4.8%; 29
I had problems with my console(s) as a result of a pirated game.: 0.7%; 4
I was caught by the authorites for doing so.: 0.2%; 1

7) If you have or do pirate, which of the following consoles and/or platforms did you or do you pirate the visual novels of?
PC 76.6%; 464
NDS 37.1%; 225
PSP 27.7%; 168
This question is not applicable to me: 12.5%; 76
Other: 2.3%; 14

8) If you were to estimate how many of your visual novels are pirated...
Almost all of them, if not, my entire collection: 15.8%; 95
A majority of them: 18.8%; 113
About half of them: 13.5%; 81
A few, but more are legally obtained: 36.2%; 217
None are pirated: 15.7%; 94

9) Why do you decide to purchase a visual novel (instead of pirating it)?
To support the industry/developer/publisher: 66.2%; 401
It was an official English release. 60.9%; 369
A reasonable price. 44.1%; 267
Gorgeous art. 33.7%; 204
A promising premise. 26.9%; 163
Good reviews: 25.4%; 154
For my collection. 22.8%; 138
An excellent voice cast. 20.8%; 126
A fantastic demo.: 19.5%; 118
Because piracy is wrong. 17.7%; 107
It was created by an independent company. 16.5%; 100
For the non-digital bonuses.: 12.4%; 75
Because I could not find the visual novel for free.: 10.6%; 64
Because piracy is a hassle. 10.4%; 63
I've never purchased a visual novel before. 9.2%; 56
I pirate all visual novels, so this question is not applicable to me. 6.4%; 39
Other (please specify): 3.6%; 22

10) Does the fact whether or not a visual novel is published by a doujin (independent) company influence your decision to pirate it?
Not at all- I pirate doujin games all the same: 20.7%; 120
Not at all- I pirate doujin games all the same. However, not those I can get in English: 18.3%; 106
Yes, I make a conscious decision not to download a doujin game: 10.2%; 59
I've never had to make this decision, but I think I still would: 13.8%; 80
I've never had to make this decision, but I think I wouldn't: 21%; 122
As I don't pirate games, this question isn't applicable to me: 16%; 93

11) If all visual novels were released in English, would this influence your decision to pirate it?
Not at all: 8.7%; 50
It depends on the game itself- language isn't everything: 17.3%; 100
I think I would pirate less: 21.3%; 123
I think I would stop pirating: 17.1%; 99
I never pirate any visual novel I can read in English, so this question isn't applicable to me: 20.8%; 120
I don't pirate, so this question isn't applicable to me: 14.9%; 86

12) If you enjoyed a particular visual novel you pirated, which of the following factors influences your decision to purchase a copy of it?
When I especially enjoyed it. 47.9%; 290
When I want to support the creators.: 47.9%; 290
If I can find it for a good price. 36%; 218
Since I don't pirate visual novels, this question isn't applicable to me. 14.4%; 87
I haven't bought one yet, but haven't ruled out the possibility. 13.7%; 83
Since I pirate all of my visual novels, this question isn't applicable to me. 4.1%; 25
Other (please specify) : 6.4%; 39

13) Have you ever illegally uploaded a visual novel for the purpose of sharing it amongst others?
Yes: 8.3%; 50
No: 91.7%; 549

14) If you answered 'yes', to the previous question, would you consider yourself a 'regular uploader' of visual novels?
Yes 0.7%; 4
No 9.3%; 53
I used to be: 1.6%; 9
This question is not applicable to me 88.4%; 505

15) If you answered 'no' to question #13, would you consider or are you considering to upload a visual novel?

Yes 7.2%; 43
No 74.7%; 445
This question is not applicable to me 18.1%; 108

16) Which of the following sentiments best describes how you feel about the current international piracy, copyright infringement, intellectual property, etc. laws?
I think they're fine as they are: 7.5%; 45
I don't have strong opinions about them: 19.6%; 118
I don't like them- they need to be changed or reviewed: 21.6%; 130
I don't like them- they need to get abolished: 3%; 18
I don't know enough about them to make a judgement: 43.9%; 264
None of the above: 4.5%; 27

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Post by Ace of Hearts on 01/07/13, 02:07 am

Thanks for sharing your results. I enjoyed reading over the percentages and numbers for each answer. Some of the highest ranking answers were a little surprising.

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Post by alice3ify on 01/07/13, 11:23 am

I think I have expected the highest choices would be those of the red sentences .. figures ... (Some are still surprising though). 

Will you do a post where you will fully analysis this survey Laramie?

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 02/07/13, 01:53 pm

No worries, both of you.

I'm working on the post, and yes, it will be an analysis of sorts. I hope to be able to explore the reasons why I think certain questions got certain answers.

I've also discovered that I'll probably want to do a second post just regarding the reasons why people pirate and a brief explanation of piracy in the visual novel community (free of legal jargon), because many respondents are fuzzy when it comes to the legality.

It's surprising how many people are getting screwed over with bad shopping choices and such. So I'll probably elaborate on that, too.

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Post by Daeyamati on 03/07/13, 02:58 am

I've already said it before, but I'm really looking forward to it! It sounds like you're making this into a 3+-part series.

Glad to see you're doing well! There haven't seen any updates from you in a while, so I was wondering if RL caught up to you.

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