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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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    Jay (profile), 26 Oct 2011 @ 10:11am

    Documentaries

    I noticed one area that really needs some attention: Documentaries.

    Here's the problem. This looks at all sorts of movies and shows the problems of lack of availability. People aren't even seeing the films made about specific situations. They really aren't learning about culture, history, or anything else. What about the recent 50 documentaries to see before you die? How about Capitalism Hits the Fan?, the Remix Manifesto, The world according to Monsanto, or Made in Pakistan?

    What's amazing is that no one recognizes how all of these documentaries have to be tracked down to be watched, with very few people wanting to take the time to track them all down (Note: Netflix is not available to everyone, and it doesn't have all of these titles).

    There really needs to be an innovation in digital distribution, and copyright enforcement can't support it.

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