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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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    PaulT (profile), 27 Oct 2011 @ 2:57am

    Re:

    "How is it that even Techdirt manages to get its facts wrong."

    Read the article again, genius:

    1. Techdirt didn't make the claim, it was clearly a quote from the linked article, and marked as such.

    2. The claim wasn't made about ALL movies. It was made of the list of films being referred to in the report in the linked article.

    3. The fact quoted wasn't from movie studios, it was from the Open Rights Group who wrote the quoted article.

    "I just wish that techdirt would actually do its research"

    I wish people would bother to read the articles rather than jumping to conclusions and attacking people for things they didn't write and for things they didn't claim. You managed to get both the author of the claim and the scope of the claim completely wrong.

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