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wald0h's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by wald0h

Piracy is a service problem. The movie and television industries are starting to see what too much greed does. People don't want to spend 13 dollars (18-20 for imax 3D) for an hour and a half movie where you're surrounded by kids and cell phones. And people are certainly not paying a dish network or their cable provider 60 dollars a month stuck to a contract to catch that one show on HBO that they enjoy.

That's why services like HuluPlus and Netflix are booming, you pay a small fee to watch things at your convenience. You can cancel it whenever you want. You can watch things without having to download them to a limited space hard drive.

Of course there will always be people too cheap to pay when they don't have to. This has been the case since the dawn of time. Everyone has or has known someone to record songs from the radio to casette tapes, bought bootleg VHS tapes from the flea market, snuck into a movie theater after seeing one, etc.

But the "pirates" don't seem like these people. The industry giants are refusing to adapt to the wants of the customers. In a free market, gung-ho capitalist society, these companies need to feel the pressure from the consumer in order to change.

Look at the music industry. Everyone said it would be the death of music when the pirates got a hold of napster. What happened? I can buy a song, or an album, from my home computer, from my laptop at a cafe, from my cell phone at school, and it costs less than it did 10 years ago. And it doesn't take up any room. And if I didn't like that song I bought from that band I was unsure of then I don't have to shell out 15 dollars to find out that I don't like them. And we have more access to new indie bands on indipendent labels are recording stuff in their garage. It's easier for them to get noticed and for people to buy their stuff than it was when the only way to get noticed was through a major label. Every change has benefitted the consumer.

The same thing needs to happen to movies and television.

Now with sites like Wikipedia or places that would host copyright material unknowingly need to have measures in which the material can be reported and action taken. If they don't, they get sued, that seems simple enough. But not allowing it to happen by threatening the ISP, or the people who own the servers that the content gets placed on is medieval.

How can information be shared in that type of world? If the entire company or website or medium in which things are shared can be taken down by one violation, then the ability to share at all goes away. You always have to have risk for progress.

However it seems everything I wrote doesn't really matter. SOPA and PIPA were stopped, for now. But the owners of Megaupload were arrested in New Zealand on charges from the United States, facing extradition, for owning a website that allowed people to upload copyrighted material, even though there was a reporting method to flag content for removal. So here in the states it looks like the FBI will do what they please no matter what types of laws are passed or not passed.

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:04:13 UTC | #910357