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by Mike Masnick


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availability, infringement, prices



High Prices, Lack Of Availability Driving Lots Of Infringement

from the well,-duh dept

As we've seen before, if you make authorized content available in a convenient and useful manner, it can really help minimize infringement. Of course, if you don't make it available, or if you price it wrong, it just makes the problem worse. A new report out of the UK took a look at the availability and price online of some top films and found that the movie industry isn't doing a very good job, likely leading to much greater infringement.
DVDs are available for just shy of 100% of the films. But a wealth of British cultural history is simply not available through legal providers. Only 43% of the top 50 British films can be bought or rented online. Similarly, only 58% of the BAFTA Best Film award winners since 1960 have been made available.

The situation looks worse if iTunes is discounted. Excluding iTunes, only 27% of the BAFTA award winners are available, with 29% of the best British films. Only 6% of the best 50 British films are on Film4 OD or Virgin Media, with 14% available through a LoveFilm subscription and 4% through pay per view on LoveFilm.
The industry wants so badly to blame infringement for many of its structural problems. But, perhaps if it just focused on making the content available in a convenient fashion at a reasonable price, they'd realize that it really was just a business model issue all along and had nothing to do with "piracy."

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    Killercool (profile), 26 Oct 2011 @ 2:38pm

    Also:

    The car example is still relevant, because consider: What if someone steals you car at night, drives it around all night, gases it back up, and drops it in front of your house next morning before you leave for work. Did you really lose anything? Was anything really stolen? You weren't using it, were you?

    If you make use of my car without my permission, since I am not able to use my car during that period, you have taken away my ability to use it. I woke up in the middle of the night, violently ill, and needed to go to the hospital. My car isn't there. If they copy my car, and make one identical to it, they are welcome to it, as long as my car is still in my driveway.

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