Hollywood Wants To Kill Piracy? No Problem: Just Offer Something Better

from the and-watch-people-go-away dept

Just John points us to a recent Reddit thread, in which a rather basic suggestion is made for how Hollywood could do a much better job killing movie piracy: by offering something better. It was summarized with the following graphic:
Or, basically, create a service that doesn't limit people and offers them what they want, in a convenient manner, at a reasonable price. Simple. Except... that's just not how the MPAA works. As we've stated many times in the past, services like Spotify have massively shrunk how much people in Sweden use The Pirate Bay for music. They now use it for other media, because no one's really created a "Spotify for movies." In fact, whenever the industry seems to get close to creating a good product for video -- see: Hulu or Netflix -- the industry then freaks out that it's going to cannibalize their old way of doing things, and tries to make it worse. It's why the big studios have been pulling content from both services, and trying to limit what they can provide. And that's exactly the wrong thing to do. That's how you encourage more piracy.

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    Rekrul, 7 Feb 2012 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re:

    For myself, I use a dual-pane file manager. I know where all my files are stored because I created the directories myself. For the stuff I've burned to disc, I have a master list that tells me what number disc a file is on.

    Frankly, I've always hated software like Kodak's Easyshare program, which tries to make everything abstract. You work with photos, not photo files. It doesn't show where they're located on the drive, how big they are, etc. As soon as I found out that I could plug the camera or memory card in directly and just access the files, I deleted Easyshare and never looked back.

    It's this unfamiliarity with the actual files that leads to users having three copies of every digital photo on their system.

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