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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    Loki, 6 Feb 2012 @ 9:51am

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    I agree. Even though I don't have the same level of disposable income I did 15 years ago, I think convenience is a LOT more important than price. In addition to spending a great deal of time online (so much so I don't even own a TV right now, and if I did, my computer would be hooked up to it), I am about to move for the 11th time in the past 8 years. I used to pride myself on displaying my entertainment collection, but lugging around 500+ DVDs, 1,500+ CDS, and 1,000+ books in several dozen boxes once or twice a year is getting to be more of a hassle than it is worth when I can store all that one a few devices I can carry in my pockets.

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