With its focus on the field of digital piracy (DP), the February 2013 special issue of Convergence explored a number of novel research topics using unconventional research methods. In doing so, the issue stands out from the bulk of DP research, which often concentrates on economic and commercial aspects. Such concerns demand particular research methods that are in turn subject to limitations. Drawing from a broad range of literature across various disciplines, this article both explores these limitations and demonstrates that alternative approaches exist, which can greatly enhance the understanding of digital piracy on a more holistic level. The article concludes with suggestions for future research, arguing in particular that cross-discipline research will best serve the field by promoting innovative methods of data collection and analysis.