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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Feb 2012 @ 9:15am

    Re: Wah. What a little baby.

    You mean sitcoms like Friends? Where the actors were each paid $1 Million per episode?

    This is another thing about the media industry: we often speak of the insane profits of the publishers, but actors get paid plenty of money and I just don't see how to justify it.
    Sure, actors have talent, but it's their job. A lot a people are really good at their job and don't get the same salary.

    The only way I see to justify these salaries is that the public is more than willing to pay $60 for a full season on DVD. And sure, if people are willing to give you the money, then you deserve it. But people are *not* willing to pay that much. Most people think it's too expensive, and for every person who buys a DVD there are 10 who refrain from buying because of the price.

    In all the "publishers steal the artist's money" rhetoric we rarely discuss those artists who make millions when they don't deserve to.

    The media industry, from publishers to artists, is built on people who think they deserve millions for their product, no matter what value the public (i.e. the market) thinks their product has. These people could pee in a cup and they'd think they deserve a million dollars for it.

    It's pointless to argue about lowering prices when the industry thinks their worst music or film is worth gold and diamonds.
    We need to attack the media industry at the very roots: we must reopen the debate on the actual value of their "art". We need to ask if it has value at all. We need to make everyone aware that in fact, the media industry's "art" is complete garbage compared to actual art.
    You wouldn't pay a bad quality Chinese toy gun the same price you'd pay for a Nerf gun, and you have no trouble understanding why Nerf guns are worth more. But nobody seems to question what Big Media is worth, everyone seems to have accepted for no apparent reason that a DVD is worth at least 10 bucks. Well we should question that and unmask the media industry for the cheap Chinese toy manufacturers that they are.

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