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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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2012 @ 9:38pm

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    Whee for crack! If people were so immoral as to not pay for something with identical services (easy to get content), then our world is in a whole lot more trouble than idiots not having more $$.

    Media distribution costs would go down from using torrents to distribute things, distribution nearly for free and paying only for the first few seeding servers (i torrent things that i've already bought for this reason)... The entire point of the comic, which is hardly a unique experience, is that someone is willing and even looking for ways to pay for something w/o paying a ridiculous amount of money for shows they don't want.

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