In my own small world, the greatest such crime was the release of -The Greatest American Hero-, specifically the episode "Operation: Spoilsport". The plot -absolutely- hinged on Ralph continually hearing "Eve of Destruction"... but the DVD release substituted generic music. I can't even watch the show (any ep) anymore.
no different from standing in Starbucks and telling each person who orders a coffee not to pay, and giving them a bus ride to Mickey Ds.
No, it's more like someone putting a coupon in the phone book near the "fast food" section. You only see it when you're looking for it, it describes an alternative service, and all of this takes place in your
And you can go on any golf course and see two dozen guys playing with the same gear Tiger uses, but it doesn't help them break 100.
Yep. Because Tiger Woods adds value (if you think that golfing has value... I don't but that's not important here). Likewise, if there existed some professional version of coins-in-a-jar that was truly demonstrably better than the one used, that photographer could charge more. But "good enough" was in fact good enough, and the magazine didn't see enough extra value in getting a prime art shot. So they didn't.
Basically, it's the way the market is supposed to work. Commoditized things end up being cheaper because anyone can produce them. Stock photos, by dint of being "stock", are pretty commoditized. A specialty photo -- like, say, a hand-crafted oak desk -- is rarer and can command a higher price. But if you don't want or need the uniqueness, you can settle for an Ikea desk for a lot less money.
Professionals don't like amateurs using the Net because they make it clear that for many purposes -- but not all purposes -- the world can get by with a lower-quality, lower-price picture. They see the flood of amateur pics as "contaminating" their market. But really, they're just expanding it.