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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    libertyftw, 20 Feb 2012 @ 7:14pm

    Re:

    Not sure that this logic is sound.

    The customers who got rid of cable and looking to purchase TV on DVD aren't purchasing HBO.

    HBO costs approximately 7 dollars per month for their shows, movies, and HBO Go. If they sell the first season of GoT for $50.00 a piece, they're making the equivalent of 7 months of what they'd pay for cable. For one show.

    Not giving your customers access to content when they're willing to pay top dollar for ONE of your shows - again, not even the whole library - is the very definition of a poor business model.

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