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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    That Crazy Freetard (profile), 20 Feb 2012 @ 10:10pm

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    See, that's the bullshit. The pirate sites have zero costs to create the content, and they make money on selling "fast access" and such. They don't make enough to pay for the content. It is disloyal competition at it's finest.


    No, that's bullshit. Delaying access in today's world is an idiot move. "Fast Access" as you put it is available ubiquitously. If they'd only embrace it. Companies like Netflix and Amazon are there if one day, they decided it would be ok.

    Switching business models to counter this would pretty much spell the end of higher end content. There just isn't enough money at the bottom to make it work. Consider the 150 million with mega... that was about 30 million a year, which wouldn't pay for a single hollywood movie or even part of a season of CSI or whatever.


    I'm sorry, but you're going to have to create new online services and spend quite a bit of money if you want to sustain this model of distributing "seasons" and "shows" online. Oh wait. Netflix, Amazon, iTunes. What the fuck? The entertainment companies couldn't come to a deal for quick releases to these distributors? I wonder how much it's costing the entertainment companies every day.

    The only extent anyone has over initial distribution is its first showing. Once it's out there, anyone can do what they like with it. Welcome to life. It's unfair and it sucks. Deal with it.

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