^ the thing thats encouraging buyers to go with pirated copies is that the originals are so **** expensive, and sometimes the pirate copies have native language subs/dubs included in it where some medias just doesn't include, makes it all the more a better buy when they're both the same in quality.
imho what i think about media creators that sells a copy for 50$ a piece is kinda like a corrupt government, all they want is profit. if they think right they could just implement a system based on price which goes like this:
480p (SD) [starting at 3$] - since its the bottom most quality, and limiting the features but its still an original copy then it would encourage budget minded people to go with this.
720p (HD) [starting at 5$] - next up on the ladder includes a great quality for a small price, the features should be slightly limited but its still an original copy, this could attract peoples that loves quality though stingy.
1080p (BD) [starting at 8$] - next up is the mainstream, packed with quality but slightly limited in feature for an affordable price, this could encourage people that are addicted to quality but on a tight budget.
1080p & above [starting at 25$] - a luxurious copy and usually sold to theaters instead, packs every single feature they could fit.
TL;DR - sell the god dam movies cheaply my god, you could just cripple the quality... mass producing these stuffs should bring down the production costs. and to boot selling a million copy should get you about
[480p (SD)] 3million$ , [720p (HD)] 5million$ , [1080p (BD)] 8million$ and [1080p & above] 25million$.
my point: why the eff would burning videos on a disk be worth a effing grand!?
PS: this would drive the pirated copies's prices down a notch which would severely cripple their profit, discouraging them to continue pirating.
PPS: also a well good example would be books, even though they do have the pricey side of their nature they're still affordable and hardly has any counterfeits being produced, why do you think that is?