How To Turn A Legitimate Buyer Into A Pirate In Five Easy Steps

from the ip-in-the-oatmeal dept

As we've mentioned before, it's interesting to watch copyright issues break into the mainstream and get attention from bigger and bigger sources. This time, Matthew Inman used his famous (and widely read) webcomic The Oatmeal to recount the moral quandary he was placed in when trying to watch Game of Thrones. It's hard to get the full effect without the whole comic, so you should really go read it—but here's a preview:

Of course, plenty of people have been saying this for years: the biggest driver of piracy is a lack of legitimate offerings. Unfortunately, the legacy players think (or at least claim) that they are being innovative with their offerings, even as their customers tell them otherwise. Hopefully, as people like Inman continue putting all-too-common stories like this into the spotlight, they will begin to get the message.

Filed Under: copyright, game of thrones, ip, piracy, purchases, the oatmeal


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    Machin Shin (profile), 21 Feb 2012 @ 5:30am

    Re: Easy vs Hard

    Whats really bad is how stupid they are with the DRMs on things such as Bluray. I recently make the descision I was going to go all legit. So I installed the new Ubuntu linux and was all happy. Then I try to play DVD, well that did not work until getting special stuff to decryt it. That even had warnings about how it might be illegal. Illegal to watch a video on linux?

    So then little later I pull out a Bluray and try to play it. Well no luck with that so I go to trusty Google. I quickly find a page telling me how to play a Bluray. They explain how it is tricky because of DRM and then go on to explain that the EASY way is to RIP IT TO YOUR HARD DRIVE. So it is EASIER TO COPY the damn bluray then it is to PLAY it.

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