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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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 20 Feb 2012 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Let's take this from a completely 100% legal viewpoint. I can ether pay $250/month to my cable company who in turn pays a cent or two to HBO who in turn gets a fraction of a penny for one TV show (and fractions of fractions of a penny for one episode); or I can go to Revision 3 and watch shows there for free.

    Since I don't have the option of paying a dollar or two for an episode of Game of Thrones, nor do I have $250/month, I'll just watch something else... legally... for free.

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