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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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Feb 2012 @ 9:20am

    i agree with the majority of suggestings, but i'd also add a cheap monthly non locked down subscription, for those who like to consume a lot of content, it wouldnt be to feasible too buy the content individually unless we're talking peanuts here, but with their history.........

    I like the feeling that you dont have to worry about you're finances. Monthly sub means you can watch/download as much as you want without worrying what your finances are gonna look like at the end of the month

    Piracy, say what you will, offers peace of mind in regards to people's finance's, which is a big fucking deal, to the people, we think about our savings just as much as corporations think about their profit



    Profit driven companies will keep refusing to acknowledge that, with their, "its only you're money, until its ours" mentality


    To corporations i say this

    If you dont care that we buy from many many companies other then you're own, and price accordingly, then sure, continue with you're outdated business model, continue to bleed us dry, to bolster as much profit from us as you can get away with

    But...........
    The first company who wises up to that, and starts to implement a new business model that the internet is just waiting to provide.............well, not's let beat around the bush shall we, you're gonna try and take em out...........but they'll have the people behind them

    Megaupload has shown us the lengths you're willing to go to, you got us by surprise, but you slipped up, by showing you're lengths in a world that is so interconnected, i guess we surprised you to, with this good ol' internet thingy me jick,
    where in the past it was a a few torchlights, now you have a global size spotlight on you're comings and going's


    The internet is the last place thats not government or corporately controled, the last refuge for the TRUTH FOR THE SAKE OF THE TRUTH


    To whoever it may concern
    Please dont mess with the internet, but if and when you do, remember, we did ask first


    Rant over, i do apologise

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