If People Like You And Your Work They'll Pay; If They Like Your Work, But Don't Like You, They'll Infringe

from the cthulhu-saves-your-games dept

With the massive success of Double Fine's Kickstarter campaign (which has passed quadruple what it asked), a lot of people are commenting about just what it means to be successful in today's digital climate. Among those talking are indie game developers who are taking the time to reflect on this phenomena and how they might be able to duplicate it for themselves. One of these indie developers is Robert Boyd, the creative mind behind retro JRPGs Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves The World. After a series of tweets on the topic of Double Fine's success, Robert closed with this profound statement:
If people like you and like your work, they'll buy your games. If they like your work but don't like you, they'll pirate them.
The first half of this statement is at the heart of the idea of connecting with your fans. Part of this ability to connect with your fans is to be more open and human with them. We have seen repeatedly how artists sell more of their work and scarcities associated with their work as they become more human to their fan base. As fans come to trust you and feel that they can approach you directly, even if that is through email, Twitter or Facebook, they will be far more likely to trust you enough to part with their money. This trust is one of the keys to Double Fine's success and a key to the success of any game developer. Similarly, it was seen in the way Louis CK treated his fans.

The second half of this statement is a lesson that many larger publishers, developers and others in the entertainment industry have forgotten. Because of that, they are suffering the fallout. DRM and other methods that show how little the developer or publisher trusts its fans breeds contempt within the fan community. While those consumers may still like the product, they don't like the way they are treated. This is one of the driving factors behind piracy. To top off the problem, these creators and gatekeepers set up walls between themselves and their fans. They do everything to avoid contact with fans outside carefully orchestrated scenarios. This turns fans off and decreases the amount of trust they have for these individuals and companies.

It's often said that people will just get stuff for free if they can. But, clearly, that's not true. We've seen so many cases of content creators being supported by their fans at tremendous levels (such as the two cases mentioned above) that there's clearly more to it. And it seems that a key element is whether or not fans actually like you. Some people suggest that the disconnect with piracy is that people value the work, but won't pay for it. But a more accurate realization may be that people value the work... but don't value the creator if the creator doesn't value them. When the two sides value each other, it seems people are more than willing to pay.


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    bob, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:05am

    Wow....It's just like high school

    So not liking someone is all it takes to excuse infringement. What does that say about the people who hang around this site? They don't care whether someone does good work. They don't care whether something is a fair deal. It's all about whether they're "liked".

    As we've seen before, Mike is more than happy to celebrate the paywalls of people he likes (Louis CK, Kevin Smith) and denigrate the paywalls of people he doesn't. Wow. Talk about a man of principle!

    So the most popular kids get rich and everyone else blames the victim when they infringe. It's the victim's fault for not being liked. So it's all okay to kick that unpopular kid and take the unpopular kid's lunch money because-- and this is all it takes -- that kid was unpopular.

    What a wonderful world you're building in cyberspace Mike!

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:18am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      I'd like to know where this imaginary dreamworld you live in is located.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:05pm

        Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

        Right down the street from Louis CK and Wil Wheaton, who are doing amazingly well in it. What world are you in ? Certainly not in reality.

         

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          PaulT (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:01am

          Re: Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

          You're saying that Louis CK isn't doing well because he only made over $1 million in less than 2 weeks (according to his Dec 21 blog post)? Where even before the DVD release he was so overwhelmed that he gave over half the net profit from that to charity and still pocketed over $200k for himself?

          I'd like to live in your fantasy world, where this is considered a poor performance, where are you located?

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:19am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      No. It's okay to infringe on the unpopular kid's copyright. No kicking. No stealing.

       

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      Tim K (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:19am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      Obvious troll is obvious. Can't even read author...And no where in there is saying that it's ok to infringe, just stating an observation

       

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      E. Zachary Knight (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:20am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      Figures that you would completely miss the point of the article.

      So not liking someone is all it takes to excuse infringement.

      Nope. However, not being liked is a sure fire way to fail in business. If people don't like you they won't do business with you. Some people will pirate, that is unfortunate, but that is easy to stop if you would just stop treating your customers/fans as trash.

      Mike is more than happy to celebrate the paywalls of people he likes (Louis CK, Kevin Smith) and denigrate the paywalls of people he doesn't.

      Sure, if you have no idea what a paywall is.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:24am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      "What does that say about the people who hang around this site? They don't care whether someone does good work."

      We do care.
      We want to buy good material.
      But when a content owner (not content creator, Big Media aren't creators.) makes it difficult to buy or use product, people will go elsewhere to get it.

      We don't like you.
      But that doesn't mean we'd download from you.
      It's more likely we wouldn't bother, believing you (and your work) are not worth the effort.

      And from the way you're talking, I think you were one of the "unpopular kids" in school, boy.

       

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        bob, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:50pm

        Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

        No. The article says it's merely a function of being liked. It has nothing to do with ease of use. So if people don't like you because you're black, tough. It's your fault. You've got the failing business model and everyone around here is going to laugh at you and say that you're not innovating.

        It's all about being popular.

         

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          Marcus Carab (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 4:07pm

          Re: Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

          No. The article says it's merely a function of being liked. It has nothing to do with ease of use. So if people don't like you because you're black, tough. It's your fault. You've got the failing business model and everyone around here is going to laugh at you and say that you're not innovating.

          Let's face it folks - are we really surprised bob has a problem with a world where likability matters?

           

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          athe, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 6:14pm

          Re: Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

          Uhh, did you read how likeability can be derived from ease of use?

           

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          JMT (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 8:00pm

          Re: Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

          "The article says it's merely a function of being liked."

          The article says it's a function of being liked because of the way you treat your fans, and conversely, being disliked because of the way you mistreat your fans. Learn to read all the words, not just some.

           

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      Mesonoxian Eve (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:31am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      Yep, it is just like high school where education is met with ignorant students who feel a pair of jeans deserves more attention than the subject.

      Which, by the way, look horrible on you.

       

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      Machin Shin (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:31am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      I find it interesting how often you trolls confuse stating facts with endorsing the actions. Mike is not saying that it is ok to pirate peoples work or justifying the action. He is simply stating the fact that if people do not like you they will not support you. This is simple fact of life.

      If you ran a store and you treated all your customers like dirt then few people would shop there and you would have problems with stealing. The more security you put up the more trouble you will have.

      On the other hand if you run a nice store and make a connection with your customers. You treat them like friends and are kind to them then you will not have as much stolen and more people will shop there. As a result you save tons on security.

       

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      The Buzz Saw (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:40am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      Disliking does not *excuse* infringement. A more appropriate analogy would be that every time you go to pay for your nachos at the concession stand, the cashier slaps you after handing you your receipt. People want the nachos and want to support the people selling them, but if every purchase is accompanied by pain, people will start saying, "What's that over there?" *runs*

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:51am

        Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

        And they might be more likely to reach over the counter and steal the nachos when the cashier isn't watching because nachos are tasty and the cashier can go to hell.

         

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          TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 12:12pm

          Re: Re: Re: Wow....It's just like high school

          I somehow doubt that. I can't even recall reacting that way in high school. It's be more like a quiet or loud "fuck you" depending on how I was feeling and they could keep their damned nachos. Reaching over and grabbing a handful just isn't worth the effort.

          While real world analogies don't work well in cyberspace the response may be that "you're an asshole" but I like this song so I'll grab it anyway. Or the software or whatever.

          Please note, carefully, however that if I run off with a fist full of nachos there are fewer nachos in the concession stand and, probably, a mess so something physical has actually gone. In cyberspace a copy is made and the original is still there so nothing is missing except for "expected" or "hoped for" income/profit. And something expected or hoped for isn't real until someone has it in their hands, it's vapour.

          The analogy being made in the post is still valid though. In cyberspace or "the real world" I'm far more likely to buy from someone who treats me well, greets me as a friend and helps me when I need it than someone who stays behind the counter with a sour look on their face and looks at me as if I so much as breathe I'll ruin their day. Even if the place is chock full of security cameras my response to how I'm treated is exactly the same.

          In cyberspace I'm far more likely to pay you for something if, as a seller, artist, creator or even a gatekeeper, you and your site treat me well and not as if I'm a potential criminal waiting to steal from you.

          Hope I didn't use too many big words.

           

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      timmaguire42, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:54am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      It's not right or wrong, it's reality. Like it or lump it, it's still reality.

      Besides, can you really see no upside to a business model where it hurts your career to be a dick or a diva?

       

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      Loki, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:57am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      1) Nowhere in the article did it say infringement was acceptable, just that is an inevitable byproduct of bad customer service. I'd take it a step further and say if your customer service is bad enough, people won't even infringe your product and you can't even give it away.

      2) Apparently, once again you don't even pay enough attention to note that Mike didn't write this article. But then if you are going to chastise people for things they didn't say, then I suppose it doesn't matter if you're actually criticizing the right person, now does it?

      3) You don't understand what a paywall actually is do you? Which isn't surprising given you don't seem to understand a lot of things.

      4) As usual, you've gotten the analogy backwards. People tend to share what they have (their money) with people they find likable and consider popular. The less popular kids have to resort to threat and bullying to get people to "like" them and share with them. People tend to ignore the rights of bullies because bully ignore everyone else's rights.

      Personally if you are an actual content creator I hope I've never had the misfortune of actually spending any of my money for anything you've done.

       

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      Chris Rhodes (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:07am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      So not liking someone is all it takes to excuse infringement.

      Not at all. "Infringement" is easily excused through rational thought about the nature of property rights.

      Not supporting companies who are dickheads is just icing on the cake.

       

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      Gwiz (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:30am

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      Your comment was so silly that the Techdirt community has used the report button to put it behind it's very own paywall. Now everyone has to spend an extra click to see it. How ironic.

       

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      Greg G (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 12:45pm

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      I don't like you, and I don't like your content.

      You, sir, are safe from me infringing upon your post.

       

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      Still hurting from a wedgie, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      No, it's the victim's fault he's a dick. Think of this as the nerds getting back at the jocks.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:53pm

      Re: Wow....It's just like high school

      So not liking someone is all it takes to excuse infringement.

      Noting what people do and why they do it is not the same as saying that you support their actions. Seriously.

       

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    gojomo (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:09am

    True, but...

    ...this insight also has a dark side. A lot of great creators were assholes. A world where you don't just have to be creative, but also likable, could miss out on some prolific careers.

     

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      Tim K (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:21am

      Re: True, but...

      That's true, but would it be so bad if society required them to be less of an asshole in order to be successful?

       

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        Anonymous Anonymous Cowad, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:09am

        Re: Re: True, but...

        It appears that society IS requiring them to be less assholish, they just aren't listening. In fact they are going the opposite direction and asking Government to help them, despite the rather loud voice of society.

         

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        gojomo (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:10am

        Re: Re: True, but...

        I think it could be so bad.

        Asshole geniuses may bruise a few people's feelings, but leave enduring work that stands alone, without regard to their personality. The asshole damage they can do is capped by their lifetime and personal interactions; the genius good they can do is unbounded by infinite reproduction.

        But, given the observation leading this article, the incentives for creation and the personality are now more linked than before. We've actually *lost* one of the benefits of mass-reproduction -- detaching the work from the personality-outside-the-work -- when we go to voluntary payments. Some asshole geniuses will, at the margin, go into other fields (like banking or law) rather than creating great works. Not a win for the culture.

        Not that I think this jusitifes (or that it would even be possible) trying to go back to the old system of copy-tolls. It's just an observation about the texture of the new deal. Maybe culturally we'll adapt, when we get bored with all the nice-guys, by adopting an ethic of even paying those we don't 'like' when they make us think.

         

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          Tim K (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:31am

          Re: Re: Re: True, but...

          That's a valid point. But before how many people were never able to produce their ideas because they were unable to get funded? While we may lose some good content because they are assholes, I think overall we'll still gain more good content than what we may lose

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:33am

          Re: Re: Re: True, but...

          I think you could be an a-hole creator and still manage to not treat your (potential) customers poorly. That is all it takes. Go ahead and be an a-hole, just not in public. You cannot get away with that anymore.

           

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          Prisoner 201, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 2:02am

          Re: Re: Re: True, but...

          Asshole geniuses are going to be able to keep doing what they do.

          If they want to earn money they probably have to hire a PR assistant.

           

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          Nathanael, Feb 27th, 2012 @ 8:39pm

          Re: Re: Re: True, but...

          Don't worry about the loss of "great works made by assholes". Some people LIKE asshole creators. Those people will continue to give the asshole creators money if the creators' work is good enough.

          Only mediocre assholes will find themselves unable to get enough money to live on. Really great assholes will find people who pay to be kicked and spat on. They won't get rich but they'll get some money.

           

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        Hephaestus (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:17am

        Re: Re: True, but...

        I am picturing a world without Charlie Sheen ... Britney Spears ... and pretty much every congressman and pharma executive.

         

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      :Lobo Santo (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:34am

      Re: True, but...

      Thomas Edison was an asshole. He was only good at stealing credit from other inventors, not at actually inventing. The world could use fewer assholes--or at least it would be nice if assholes only got credit for the things they themselves invented.

       

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      Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:08am

      Re: True, but...

      Two responses:

      1) So what? We have a huge abundance of content of every type imaginable. There's more music/video/books/video games/etc being created than any person could hope to consume in a lifetime. Likability of the creator is just one factor among many that help us filter through all the content. So just add "artist/distributor likability" to quality, relevance, taste, ease of use, price, etc. Unsurprisingly, many of those mostly line up with not being an asshole already.

      2) Is it so bad that society/the public/consumers wish to support those who work with the community and ostracize those who are only in it for themselves? In other words, choosing benevolence over selfishness if there is any alternative? It's simple competition.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

      Re: True, but...

      Can we keep the questions to the topic of Rampart PLEASE!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:10am

    This is so true. I've now and then seen a cool-looking game, then see "oh, published by Ubisoft", guess I'll pirate it. One of them "From Dust" required an Ubisoft login on start or something ridiculous. So not only do I feel good about not paying Ubisoft, I feel better about not having to get an online account to play a single player offline game!

    Yet, I've spent plenty of money on Amazon MP3, eBooks (easily $200 a month on that alone), direct games, and even games on Steam. If I really like a game and company, I'll even buy copies for friends and families. Yet, I could have just as easily pirated those songs, books, and games.

    But it's not even just the ease of piracy. It's finding good content. I paid for a Netflix subscription _purely_ for the rating system. I'd use Netflix to figure out what was worth getting, then just download the movie instead of waiting for the DVD. (Streaming has helped a bit, but quality and subtitle issues are still a pain.)

    There's SO MUCH stuff out there, games, etc. that there's very rarely a "omg I must have this" item. Take GTA 4 for instance. I loved the GTA series. Find out the GTA 4 PC version has heavy screwy DRM. I didn't pirate it. I just when "meh" and forgot about it because there's a million other things destroying my attention.

    Call me wicked, immoral, the downfall of culture -- whatever. It's a simple market reality. I don't feel it's "wrong"*, and nor does anyone in my social group.

    And most of all, it's SO, SO, easy to stop me from acting like this. If you're a company: Don't act like a bunch of idiotic asshats. It's really that simple. Kill this stupid geo-specific selling, dumbass launch windows, etc. Take my cc info, and send me a damn download link for an executable that runs the game and nothing more.

     

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    Kat, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:21am

    I'll never understand why some many business can't wrap their head around mutual respect as the foundation of any good relationship with customers, especially now with the rise of social media.

    Just look at companies like Zappos, massive and passionate customer base because they get it, the rest need to catch up.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:25am

    Similarly, it was seen in the way Louis CK treated his fans.

    Speaking of Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan (another popular comedian) on his blog last night said he'd be putting his next comedy special on his website for $5, after being inspired by Louis CK. Check out his twitter feed for a link to the blog: @JimGaffigan.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 10:38am

    The bottom line: 'Be nice to your audience and they'll be good to you'

     

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    Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:07am

    you have to accept one basic tenet of reality for any of this to make sense.

    Copying is easy. Sharing is easy. Piracy is never going away.

    Your only hope for the future is to move past that, and figure out how to monetize peoples attention.

    Cory Doctorow put it very well recently with his story about "now you have two problems":
    http://joshuawise.com/28c3-transcript (transcript CES speech, good stuff)

    none of this would be possible unless we could control how people use their computers and the files we transfer to them. After all, it was well and good to talk about selling someone the 24 hour right to a video, or the right to move music onto an iPod, but not the right to move music from the iPod onto another device, but how the Hell could you do that once you'd given them the file? In order to do that, to make this work, you needed to figure out how to stop computers from running certain programs and inspecting certain files and processes. For example, you could encrypt the file, and then require the user to run a program that only unlocked the file under certain circumstances.

    395.8 But as they say on the Internet, “now you have two problems”. You also, now, have to stop the user from saving the file while it's in the clear, and you have to stop the user from figuring out where the unlocking program stores its keys, because if the user finds the keys, she'll just decrypt the file and throw away that stupid player app.

    416.6 And now you have three problems [audience laughs], because now you have to stop the users who figure out how to render the file in the clear from sharing it with other users, and now you've got *four!* problems, because now you have to stop the users who figure out how to extract secrets from unlocking programs from telling other users how to do it too, and now you've got *five!* problems, because now you have to stop users who figure out how to extract secrets from unlocking programs from telling other users what the secrets were!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:28am

    no, they will download for free because its free, pretty much thats the bottom line

     

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      The eejit (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:31am

      Re:

      Bollocks.

      Otherwise services such as iTunes and Steam could not exist. Like, at all.

       

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      E. Zachary Knight (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:36am

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      A small subset of the populace will. Sure. However, the vast majority of people are more than willing to pay for a product they love from people they love.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 11:57am

      Re:

      I bet this Tim Schafer is just twisting your gizzard isn't it?

      I mean, you put in all the hard work to produce an album, and people pirate the shit out of it, and you don't see a dime.

      Then along comes this Tim Schafer cat, tells people "Hey. Ima make something but I don't have it right now, give me money anyway bitchez", and people THROW (literally - I was tossing dollar bills at my monitor just last night) A MILLION DOLLARS at him.

      Bet that pisses you off doesn't it?

       

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        Machin Shin (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:44pm

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        It is even approaching 2 mil.

         

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          PaulT (profile), Feb 16th, 2012 @ 1:16am

          Re: Re: Re:

          One of my favourite movie podcasts (The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnite Cinema) recently put up a Kickstarter project for funds to cover their costs. They asked for $500. It was funded within a few hours. They currently have $1,330 pledged, with 58 days to go.

          Remember, this is a free podcast that nobody's ever been asked to pay for. People care enough about them to give them significant payment, even though everything they do is offered free of charge. Even if there's thousands of people out there who listen for free but haven't pledged, connecting with fans has more than paid off.

          I bet our usual ACs are jealous. Not only have they failed, but others are proving their anti-free stances to be totally wrong as well.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 12:15pm

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      RIAA campaign to educate people ended abruptly in 2008, half the gross of that industry was gone no other industry suffered that much, not movies, not books not indies only the big labels that sued everyone.

      I say that if you piss off one guy one time, they let it go most of the time, piss off one guy repeatedly and he will find a way to screw you in some way, piss off millions of people and you get hammer time on your head for a very long time.

       

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    Dionaea (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 12:20pm

    @32

    Thank you for making this point, I was about to put it down myself. The 'like' which is mentioned in the text refers not to a personality, but to the way you are treated. ALL industries are held responsible for the way they treat their customers.

    You don't tend to buy from an internet store a second time if you get a broken product and no proper apology and refund. It's all about customer service. I'd never buy anything from Apple with their freakish ITunes program. I also only buy CD's, so if my computer/mp3-player dies I can just rip it again. The quality of an actual CD just so happens to be much better too. Sure, I'll buy music files, as soon as they sell files which are the same quality as a cd and which I can copy to as many of my own devices as I want.

    That's what this is about, they're spitting in the faces of their customers and expecting to get paid for it.

     

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    Porno jew, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    Yea

    Content creators much love

     

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    Kevin Clark (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:36pm

    more stuff is social, which is good and bad

    The discussion on forcing rude geniuses to be less rude is a small piece of a bigger thing. More interactions that used to be structured by big non-social institutions (companies of all kinds, governments, restrictive communication media), are now social. Now the big artist's interaction with the fan is more like being friends, so you have to not be a dick.

    This means you can do more stuff in a more comfortable, social way, which is kind of great. But it also means that being friends with people is way more important than it was in the last generation.

    As someone who was nowhere near popular as a kid, I look at that trend and think of the downsides. I used to count on my brain to get me past the part of my life where popularity was a thing and into a place where I could just go around being clever and that would be enough. Now you're telling me everything's about social connections, and popularity is MORE important, not LESS thanks to all this cool tech?

    It may be unfair, but it's totally happening, so the question is how to get ready for it.

     

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      Nathanael, Feb 27th, 2012 @ 8:45pm

      Re: more stuff is social, which is good and bad

      I'm a very abrasive person, but as my friends know, I'm incredibly trustworthy.

      That's all you really need for business success. You don't need to be *liked* -- you need to be *trusted*. So let's amend that comment.

      If people like your work and *trust* you they'll give you money. If they like your work and *don't* trust you they'll copy it without permission.

      So it's not *exactly* about popularity. People can see you as standoffish and a bit unfriendly "but with a heart of gold", and you're good. People can see you as friendly-on-the-surface, but a dick behind their backs, and you're ruined.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:50pm

    Support the artists

    Last night I acquired a song by the band "PPK" -twice. The song was one they released for free a couple years ago, but I acquired it in an unauthorized manner so I guess you could say I pirated it. But I appreciate the band's work (and they're making it available for free) so I went to iTunes and purchased a remix version of the same tune (which I wouldn't have purchased otherwise). I win and the band wins, and no RIAA required.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:58pm

    FLAC / ALAC please!

    Echo the comments others have made that if the labels really want to add value to their products they should offer better audio quality. Mp3/320 is so lame in 2012! We should be listening to 24bit 96kHz FLAC audio by now! With sorround sound even.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 1:58pm

    FLAC / ALAC please!

    Echo the comments others have made that if the labels really want to add value to their products they should offer better audio quality. Mp3/320 is so lame in 2012! We should be listening to 24bit 96kHz FLAC audio by now! With sorround sound even.

     

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    MahaliaShere (profile), Feb 15th, 2012 @ 3:28pm

    Whitelist and Blacklist

    +1 million

    Note: I haven't read all the comments yet.
    I often find myself blacklisting authors who present themselves in such a terrible light, I lose all interest in their work. This is assuming I was ever interested to begin with. If all you seem to do is rant about "piracy" and spend more time and energy regarding your fanbase as beneath your feet, complaining loudly about lost royalties, etc... don't expect me to spare half a glance at your work, legally or otherwise. I don't give a damn if anyone thinks I'm "missing out" on something (and who are you to be coaching me on my tastes, anyway? False worry grates my nerves).

    It's true that some people are able to seperate the artist from the content. That's great for them. I refuse to do it though, life is too short and there's already so much legally free content out there that I don't have to waste my time on assholes. Of course, there may be a few exceptions, but only a few. ;)

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2012 @ 5:29pm

      Re: Whitelist and Blacklist

      heh, i blacklist banks who refused to issue me credit cards before when i was poor. and every time one of their drones try to get me sign up with their cards, i let him/her know the bank is blacklisted. i don't open accounts with them nor do i do business with any of their customers.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:10am

    Does Wikipedia qualify? Most people seem to like Jimmy Wales enough, enabling him to raise millions every year. (The question of piracy doesn't arise, of course, since the site is totally free.) I can't prove it, but I think most people give money to Wikipedia mainly because of the likeability factor.

     

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    kramer, Feb 16th, 2012 @ 12:16am

    People seem to have no problems paying or using stuff created by assholes (eg: Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg) but when it comes to content they are more finicky. Metallica is a classic example. They went from gods to demons in one fell swoop, in a single assholish move. People are just happy to pirate Metallica because that move is always at the back of their mind.

     

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      Nathanael, Feb 27th, 2012 @ 8:47pm

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      Well, it's hard to pirate an iPad. People are happy to pirate Apple *software*. It's also hard to pirate Facebook, but people would if they could.

      I think you're just describing areas where the value is in something which *can't* be pirated. In the case of Facebook, *all* the value is in the critical mass of users.

       

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    marcmail (profile), Mar 12th, 2012 @ 6:49am

    not always true

    its not always true that you must be liked, for sure, if you do good stuff its better to be liked, but when you do something so insanely new or amazingly cool you become famous and if you're an a--hole then people are going to buy your stuff anyway. and if you're a repeat offender I mean dealing out the quality stuff time and time again, people can't help but come back. of course there is truth in all the points here.

     

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