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Warner Bros. Turns A Kickstarter Success Story Into A Flaming Mess With Proprietary Platforms And DRM

from the how-not-to-do-it dept

Almost exactly a year ago, we wrote about a rather encouraging development in filmmaking, highlighting the story of Warner Bros. film studio working out a deal with the producer and actors of the popular Veronica Mars TV show, that if they could prove demand for a film via Kickstarter, Warner Bros. would fund the rest of the film. Basically, Warner Bros. had been unconvinced that there was enough demand for a movie to finance it upfront. But, with tools like Kickstarter today, you can prove demand upfront, taking away a big part of the risk. And that's exactly what happened, as the project raised over the $2 million target very quickly, and eventually brought in $5.7 million. Part of what was interesting about this was it showed how movie studios could actually embrace crowdfunding as well, creating some interesting hybrid models that don't always involve some studio head deciding what people will and won't like.

The movie came out last week to very good reviews... but leave it to Warner Bros. to totally muck it up, screw over the goodwill from all those backers and scare people off from such future collaborations. That's because one of the popular tiers promised supporters that they would get a digital download of the movie within days of it opening. But, of course, this is a major Hollywood studio, and due to their irrational fear of (oh noes!) "piracy" they had to lock things down completely. That means that backers were shunted off to a crappy and inconvenient service owned by Warner Bros called Flixster, which very few people use, and then forced to use Hollywood's super hyped up but dreadful DRM known as UltraViolet.

The end result? A complete disaster for the film's biggest fans and supporters:
“My first and last time using Flixster or Ultraviolet,” Jennifer Gottried wrote. “Not happy about what a pain the digital “download” is, but loved the movie!” Carolyn O'Neill said she felt “ripped off,” adding “I will not be supporting anything VMars related in the future, and may never support a similar Kickstarter project again.”

Others labeled Flixster “unreliable,” “crap,” “slow” and “punishing.” There are those who downloaded the movie without a hiccup, and those who did have been effusive in their praise. Yet the majority expressed dismay....
Reading through the comments shows an awful lot of angry folks, with lots of blame being directed at Flixster, and some people angry that the creator of Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas, let this happen. He eventually posted that while he had "hoped" that Warner Bros. would allow more options, "unfortunately, it just wasn't possible. In the end, Flixster was the best option for getting the digital movie reward out to all of you, worldwide, at the same time." There may be something to do with regional restrictions, yet in the comments, you see people claim that when they tried to get their digital copy, they were told, "Sorry, the redemption code you have entered is not valid for the territory you are currently trying to redeem from." So, it's not clear how Flixster actually solves that global issue. Multiple people in the comments note that they eventually just gave up getting the authorized version and hit up unauthorized sources instead.

Eventually, Warner Bros. announced that it would provide refunds to backers who had trouble getting the digital download, which seems like the least it could do, given the situation. But, the end result appears to have left a sour taste in a lot of peoples' mouths. So, way to go, legacy Hollywood, for taking an exciting success story of internet-empowered opportunity, and destroying it with crappy and lame proprietary platforms and restrictive DRM. Once again, you show how to screw up just about every opportunity handed to you.

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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:05am

    Yet again...

    This is why I want everything that Hollywood touches to fail.

    Just DIE already, will ya, MPAA?!

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:08am

    Hanlon's razor at work?

    “I will not be supporting anything VMars related in the future, and may never support a similar Kickstarter project again.

    Given the studios really hate services like Kickstarter for providing creators means of funding that doesn't require them to sign all of their rights over, I have to wonder if part of what drove this latest disaster was an attempt at poisoning the well for other creators looking to get funding for their films, funding which, being crowdsourced, wouldn't come with tons of 'strings' other than 'provide backers, and others, with film when finished'.

    A few bait-and-switch 'projects' like this, and you'd likely have a whole bunch of people swearing off movie/film kickstarter projects altogether(although a smarter move would be to do the same, but limit it to just studio-based projects).

    It's either that, or just another indication that the major studios and those that run them are just as brain dead, and full of contempt for their 'customers' as ever I suppose.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:39am

    There are those who downloaded the movie without a hiccup, and those who did have been effusive in their praise

    I will reproduce one of the insanely prize-y comments:

    I'm a truck driver from [insert impossibly named countryside town with barely any broadband] and I loved Ultraviolet, it's so good to have a crippled digital file! Oh, the movie is good too. All in all it was amazing experience taking it up in the ass!

    Old MacDonnald

    AMIRITE?

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:47am

    Re: Hanlon's razor at work?

    Either option is bad. But the cynicism is strong in your theory o.o

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:49am

    Re: Yet again...

    Too many are willing to throw money at their millionth reboot of whatever franchise. And there's too much free, effortless money going at them via royalties and the likes we can't control. It'll be a slow death my friend.

     

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    Violynne (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 7:30am

    The worst part of this experience? We're the people who financed a good portion of the movie.

    Even as investors, we're treated like criminals.

    Once bitten, twice shy, as I will never again back a project if Hollywood has its greedy fingers anywhere on the project.

    I feel incredible pity for Rob Thomas, who saw his dream come true only to have Warner Bros. drop its pants on the entire thing.

    Let's hope next time, Thomas distributes the movie on YouTube and stays the hell away from Hollywood "distributors".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 7:44am

    Let this be a lesson to Kickstarter backers everywhere: don't donate to DRM-locked crap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 7:53am

    Re: Yet again...

    Absolutely. Hollywood MUST be destroyed, at any cost. It's poisoning the Internet, which is far more important than everything Hollywood's ever done combined.

     

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    mcinsand, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 7:59am

    MPAA/RIAA taint

    I used to buy a lot of music and go to movies regularly, but the entertainment industry's antics of the past decade or so have drastically changed that. I'm not downloading illegally; it's just that the entertainment value is diminished by the fact that it comes from an industry that assumes that I am guilty until proven innocent. Let's say that you're in school, and the schoolyard bully plays a great lead guitar in a garage band. Would you still enjoy his music on the weekend if he's pounding you during the week?

    I still enjoy video games, although I won't allow anything from EA on my computer or phone.

     

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    NovaScotian, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:01am

    As a guy who all too frequently encountered DRMed regional barriers I've given up attempting to view any video clips or movie clips that originate in the USA. Seems that's what MPAA/RIAA wants. Too bad Kickstarter doesn't get that -- they shouldn't accept donations from foreign regions. We're all known bad guys in the US.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:03am

    i wonder how long this sort of behavior is going to be allowed to continue? how long before Congress realises that not only are existing businesses being forced to close but new businesses are being prevented from starting because of the ridiculous and selfish moves of the entertainment industries which have been backed up by shortsightedness on the pats of Congressional members? the entertainment industries create an incredible amount of revenue, but because of what it does (Hollywood Accounting) and what it is allowed to do by way of laws and threats, instigated and introduced by these Congressional members, there is almost none of that revenue declared as earnings, so almost no tax is paid. almost all artists participating and therefore due to be paid by the industries, get nothing! that is achieved by the setting up of false companies who magically take all the earnings, leaving nothing!
    the new start ups that dont happen and recent start ups that are forced to close down are prevented from loading the government coffers with tax dollars. a whole lot more is not paid into the system by these 'businesses' than ever would be by Hollywood etc!

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:03am

    I look at things differently most of the time, who knew?
    I was shocked by the sheer number of fans who were telling those with every right to be pissed about this crap, that they weren't allowed to because they "donated" to the movie and shouldn't have expected anything.

    This seems to be a common misconception about crowdfunding, that you just throw your money away and pray.
    If this was the case why would there be offers of getting anything in return?
    I think the people who funded this deserve what they were promised, and that not being upfront about Flixster being involved was a big mistake.

    While it is "nice" to see WB offering to pay people back for obtaining it via the other offical pay channels, the fact they were unable to deliver should be a huge wakeup call that the service is shit.

    This episode should also be a wakeup to other creative types that going with a traditional distributor might be a bad idea. Many of the backers who were entitled to a free copy, still went out and bought tickets or the digital download from another outlet. If you have a fan base willing to do this, you don't want them treated like crap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:09am

    DRM

    Note to future backers: Don't give a penny unless the people behind the project specifically offer a DRM-free version of the movie, at which point it becomes an enforceable contract.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:16am

    They should have never relied on warner with so many Indie film makers out there that would have jumped on board, We all know Big Hollywood and the mpaa could care less about consumers.

     

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    zip, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:16am

    money for nothing @ Warner Bros

    I don't quite understand this. The movie's budget was 6 million dollars, of which 5.7 million was raised by kickstarter. Therefore, Warner's investment (other than perhaps distribution costs) was essentially nil. Yet despite this, Warner owns it outright and gets to dictate all the rules -- including screwing the actual investors out of everything they were promised.

    If the movie makes a killing at the box office, those Kickstarter investors, logically, should have a share of the profit. Yet somehow I'm sure that Warner will fight tooth and nail to keep all the profit for themselves for a project funded almost completely by other people's money.

     

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    Jay (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:18am

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    On a side note, the Pirate Bay copy has excellent quality.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:20am

    No trolls diving in yet to berate people for being pirates if they dislike DRM even though they actually helped finance the movie in the first place? Give them time...

    "There may be something to do with regional restrictions, yet in the comments, you see people claim that when they tried to get their digital copy, they were told, "Sorry, the redemption code you have entered is not valid for the territory you are currently trying to redeem from.""

    When Ultraviolet was announced, I recognised it as being a piece of crap that's not worth bothering with - so much so, that I actually avoided buying Blu Rays that use it. Alas, some people still send me over such discs mas gifts - the movie choices are usually correct, but I'm not allowed to access the digital content that's been paid for as part of the disc purchase. usually with the error message reported above.

    So, in the name of trying to "fight piracy", they're not only pissing off people buy the films but now those who *fund* the films. Unless, as suggested above, this is some kind of pyrrhic plan to defeat competition, it's just another example of how the entertainment industry hasn't got a clue what it's really addressing.

    No doubt we'll get some half-assed excuse accusing everyone affected as being pirates before this thread's finished, if not from WB themselves...

     

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    Nick (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:24am

    GOG, who provides DRM-free downloads of video games, manages to provide a coded link so only those that are authorized can click it and download it. Sure, the copy could then be distributed to friends or file-sharing sites (and they have) yet the games still manage to pull sales on DRM-locked services like steam just fine. Oh, and GOG is still doing well, despite selling products that - once sold - are not "locked down" by the content provider.

    Kind of ruins the argument that DRM is a necessity nowadays to protect the creators. Now, if only the MPAA and it's members would understand this logic.

     

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    Drizzt, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:28am

    There's a story which involves Shadowrun Returns, the Kickstarter-funded cRPG in the Shadowrun setting by Jordan Weisman's company Harebrained Schemes, and Microsoft, the license holder for computer games in the Shadowrun universe. Which is in parts similar: Microsoft forced Harebrained Schemes to include DRM (for non-backers, backers were exempt, though even that was the result of some renegotiation IIRC) in the product. Even though HBS clearly stated they didn't want to. Only recently HBS was able to convince Microsoft to back off and now you can find Shadowrun Returns in the Humble Store (which is cheaper and includes a Steam key) as well as on Steam.

    But this story illustrates, that legacy gatekeepers have a hard time adjusting to new realities. Though, I have to admit, what Warner pulled here, is far worse than what MS required. Fulfilling the DRM clause of your license with Steam, is pretty lightweight compared to the insanity that is UltraViolet (which has funny region restrictions, that go above and beyond what the actual physical disc has attached and other "fun" limitations).

     

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    crade (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Yet again...

    And people will continue to be "willing" (read forced) to throw money at them as long as they are able to manipulate legislation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:41am

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    Did you really just put MPAA and Logic in the same sentence.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:58am

    Re: money for nothing @ Warner Bros

    I don't quite understand this. The movie's budget was 6 million dollars, of which 5.7 million was raised by kickstarter. Therefore, Warner's investment (other than perhaps distribution costs) was essentially nil. Yet despite this, Warner owns it outright and gets to dictate all the rules -- including screwing the actual investors out of everything they were promised.

    To be fair, a movie's listed "budget" is usually just the production budget. It does not include marketing, which can be many times the production budget...

    If the movie makes a killing at the box office, those Kickstarter investors, logically, should have a share of the profit. Yet somehow I'm sure that Warner will fight tooth and nail to keep all the profit for themselves for a project funded almost completely by other people's money.

    That's a very different issue. At no point did anyone suggest that anyone was buying any equity in the movie, so it's accurate that the crowdfunding backers don't have any claim on the profits. If they *did*, well, then the SEC might want to get involved...

     

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    Argonel (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:00am

    I love Ultraviolet, at least when included with Blu-ray combo packs. This means I get a Blu-ray copy for myself, a DVD copy to give to someone I like, and an Ultraviolet code to give to someone I secretly loathe. It looks like I'm giving them a gift, but they have to deal with Ultraviolet digital copies. I will never use an Ultraviolet code myself.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:04am

    Have you watched a TV show called 'Shark Tank'? The investors won't loan money if something is not proprietary or patentable. It's all about money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:07am

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    how long before Congress realises that not only are existing businesses being forced to close but new businesses are being prevented from starting because of the ridiculous and selfish moves of the entertainment industries

    They will realize it once the new businesses start contributing more to their campaigns than the established businesses. Since new businesses don't have the money established businesses have, never.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:19am

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    Even if he raised all the money from Kickstarter, Warner Brothers still owns the rights to making a sequel, and still would control all distribution. This should have been expected from the start.

    The indie film movement of the 90s proved that you didn't need Hollywood to make films, but Hollywood has done everything they can to control film distribution. That's why indie films are largely confined to film festivals, where they hope to get bought by Hollywood's faux indie distributors.

    The internet is a direct threat to Hollywood's distribution system, but aside from Netflix it has yet to topple Hollywood's iron grip on the American film industry, and probably won't as long as people fall for Hollywood's marketing hype and go to see awful sequels and subscribe to cable.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:21am

    Re: Re:

    The MPAA won't go down without taking the internet with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:32am

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    There is apparently an Update #89 from Rob Thomas saying that backers can switch out their Flixster versions for other platforms if you contact customer service. Wonder whether how that's working out, if at all..

     

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    anon, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:32am

    When!!!!

    When are people going to realize that the big studios do not give a f&^ about the consumer and that it is about how much they can lock down the content they create. I would have told anyone who signed up they would have a problem drm is the devil's device and I refuse to use it and we all know the big studios and their middlemen fear people sharing content more than they fear makign a hell of a lot of money from those same consumers.Damn them to hell and never ever belive a word they say remove yourself from ever havign to pay them or use theire system even if they give it away free, there are much better more reliable ways to consume media.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:34am

    So basically they had no problem taking money upfront for any location in the world but when it comes to delivery NOW they have a problem. How quaint.

     

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    minijedimaster (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 9:54am

    Re: MPAA/RIAA taint

    Add Ubisoft to that list for video games as well.

     

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    Trails (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:14am

    Nuking the digital download with DRM

    Yet the movie is all over TPB. So they applied shitastic DRM for what now?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:21am

    Re: Re: MPAA/RIAA taint

    I used to boycott UBIsoft... but I do buy their games they release on GOG.com, while not buy any DRM crap.

    Since DRM is removed I consider that my 'encouragement' for the industry to drop DRM.

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:26am

    Re: Re: Yet again...

    that about sums it up, agreed...

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re: money for nothing @ Warner Bros

    Even if they don't have any say in the profits they should be entitled to a copy of it, DRM free.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:34am

    Re: Nuking the digital download with DRM

    Because they love TPB and want to direct more users towards the site? They've been trying tirelessly for the last decade now.

     

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    PRMan, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:36am

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    Amazon sells non-DRM MP3s. And people still buy them.

    GOG sells non-DRM video games. And people still buy them.

    Steam sells video games with virtually unnoticeable DRM. And people still buy them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 10:42am

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    So to start a new technology business the first thing you have to do is buy congress, and do this before you start your real business. I wonder how well a Kickstarter to buy congress would go down.

     

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    Ven, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:05pm

    Kickstarter could solve this going forward

    After a few high profile failed projects on Kickstarter the required all projects to include a "Risks and Challenges" section that explained what might cause a project to fail. Even before that they required disclosure if shipping a physical good would cost more outside of a specific area.

    Should the next step be to require projects to disclose if a digitally delivered reward will contain DRM or region locks?

    I already assume any project that doesn't state up front DRM Free on rewards will be crippled, but the enforced transparency would be a good thing.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Those are called Super PACs

     

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    Michael, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Kickstarter could solve this going forward

    Or you could let the market take care of this all by itself.

    You already see a number of people complaining and saying they will not invest in another kickstarter project like this one.

    If enough people stop investing in these projects, they will either fix the reason investors are not attracted (remove DRM or whatever) or there will be no more projects like this for people to be screwed by.

     

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    DogBreath, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:29pm

    Re:

    Having watched only a little bit of a few episodes, it's a big rip-off show, and false advertising. At no point do they put any of the loudmouthed, money grubbing investors into a shark tank, to be torn apart by razor sharp teeth. It would be the only reason I would ever watch such a show.

    They are just the worst of the Ferengi Alliance in human skin.

    Example:

    http://www.scottevest.com/company/shark_tank.shtml

    "1. First of all, I absolutely did enter the Tank looking to strike a deal with the Sharks. It was not for the "free" publicity, which is anything but free. Not only did it take dozens of hours of preparation, but there is a secret clause to appearing on Shark Tank. It actually appears in fine print at the end of every episode. As quoted at the end of the show (in extremely small print and only for a second):

    “Sony Pictures Television, a Designee of Mark Burnett, and ABC may receive equity in or a share of revenues generated by the businesses included in this program.” Specifically, buried deep in the agreement (which you can see by clicking here), by merely appearing on the show, whether a deal is made or not, I have to give 5% of my "business" or 2% of the profits forever to the producers. So, my appearance was not free. Since the business I was presenting was TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing®, I now have partners in that business, even though a deal was not made with The Sharks. Free? They make money out of every deal I make from here forward."

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:30pm

    Re: Re: Hanlon's razor at work?

    Over the years I have learned that there is no low that those kinds of people won't sink to, no action too hostile to the consumer/customer that they won't consider, and no level of self-centerdness considered 'too much'.

    Yes I may be cynical, but when dealing with people like that, it's all but impossible not to be.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re:

    Last I heard it was go spend more money to buy what we should have given you in the first place, send us the receipt and we'll send you the money to cover it... after you try to make Flixster work a couple more times.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re:

    In other words, it's like most other "reality" shows: the main entertainment is in the form of finding out who is stupid enough to agree to be on the show in the first place.

     

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    David, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 12:57pm

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    It would be a rather pricy kickstarter campaign. But once you reach the 50% mark, you can offer stretch goals like "defund NSA" and then further stuff gets respectively easier to reach.

     

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    David, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 1:06pm

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    While it is "nice" to see WB offering to pay people back for obtaining it via the other offical pay channels,

    Bullshit. Offering to pay back investors their investment instead of their contractual payout once you successfully completed an endeavor and see that you can get more money out by nullifying the investment is robbery.

    It's like paying the tenth of setting on a number in roulette, and when the number actually turns up, giving the other 9 investors their money back.

    Just because an actually useful, namely DRM-free copy is now worth more than what WB is willing to pay does not mean that they get to decide to pull back.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Re:

    Exactly. The least they could do is overnight everyone a bluray and dvd of film.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Kickstarter could solve this going forward

    Unless it just turns people off from Kickstarter altogether - which is very likely to happen.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 1:19pm

    Re: Re:

    Ah yes, the Irony never stops.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 3:20pm

    "In the end, Flixster was the best option for getting the digital movie reward out to all of you, worldwide, at the same time"

    Cant.Tell.If.Serious

     

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    Trails (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 6:18pm

    Re:

    So you're saying it's like free ammo?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:00pm

    The MPAA just refuses to look at the RIAA and realise that piracy does not have that big an impact, and that DRM does not fix anything, it just gets people to look for a way to get it without DRM. (If piracy was going to kill the music industry, it would be dead by now, music and video piracy has been going on for near enough to 20 years, if not longer... even Apple realised that DRM music was getting them nowhere and just go DRM free music now. When they start doing DRM free video they'll get my money)

    I wonder how may people have torrented the movie, even though they have a copy on flixter, just because they want to be able to play it on any device they like.

     

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    ECA (profile), Mar 17th, 2014 @ 8:45pm

    WHAt would happen

    What would have happened IF' WB and the KS group had just released it to ANYONE that wished to watch it online??
    LIKE Youtube? NO REGION CODE, no restrictions!
    MILLIONS of people introduced to a NEW show to watch on TV..

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 18th, 2014 @ 2:31am

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    You know, worldwide. Except for those people who are being blocked because the movie's not available in their country. They...erm.... look over there, pirates!

     

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    Sonja (profile), Mar 18th, 2014 @ 2:59am

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    Only users from certain countries were allowed to fund Veronica Mars. They were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.

    This regional crap started early.

     

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    DogBreath, Mar 18th, 2014 @ 10:26am

    Re: WHAt would happen

    LIKE Youtube? NO REGION CODE, no restrictions!

    Still wouldn't be available in Germany.

    Because GEMA, that's why.

    Not to mention blocking in other countries, for "reasons", specific to those individual countries.

     

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    Arsik Vek (profile), Mar 18th, 2014 @ 10:54am

    So, as much as it makes me nauseous to defend this sort of thing, the Kickstarter was fairly clear that the distribution channel would be Flixter. It was posted in the FAQ portion of the movie's kickstarter page. It was also clear that it would only be available in a list of countries, not globally. As much as I think the idea of confining distribution to Flixter is absolute shit (and it is, make no mistake about it), the campaign was upfront about it. It was not a bait and switch.

     

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    John85851 (profile), Mar 18th, 2014 @ 1:15pm

    Opportunity or threat

    You say this was an opportunity, but the studios have a better name for it: a threat to the established studio system.
    How will the movie-production process work in the future if anyone can fund something a movie from a TV show? What's next? A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Voyager movie?

    This process will disrupt how studios can pick and choose which movies get made solely on how much money they think it'll make. A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine movie? Too fan-specific to give a decent return. Transformers 4? Sure, the first three weren't very good, but they make millions.

     

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    ced1106 (profile), Mar 19th, 2014 @ 2:17am

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    > Even as investors, we're treated like criminals.

    Reminds me of the pre-KS days.

    Y'know, when, even as customers, we're treated like criminals.

     

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    Dexter, Apr 9th, 2014 @ 4:47pm

    The reason people don't buy as many movies isn't because of piracy or that "they want something for free" its because they want value for money and won't buy something they don't want to see. Just look at the substandard crap being released by the big movie/ music companies and the entertainment industry as a whole- theyre just trying to screw money out of people by peddling sh1te!!!! People have wised up to these cartels and wont be ripped off any longer no matter how much money the fatcats throw at governments

     

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    Corey Jason (profile), May 12th, 2014 @ 2:14pm

    Leave it to big corps!

    No surprise this is the case. It seems that anytime a big corp get involved in an trending thing, it get ruined eventually somehow.

     

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    Will G, Aug 5th, 2014 @ 3:06pm

    Avoiding Piracy?

    Funny how their original intent with the Flixster distribution was to avoid piracy, but because it failed, customers started resorting to piracy.

     

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