The problem is, if Hulu isn't willing to offer what consumers want, Netflix, Amazon, or some other company certainly will.
Or not. Who owns the monopoly (copyright) over the content?
What I see is Netflix and the rest of the competition jumping into the bandwagon of original self-productions. This is good. And bad. Because it inevitably creates fragmentation. But then again, file sharing is there for all of our needs.
Sigh. By your logic, let's not try anything because people may be bad. The focus of this and the other article is the very idea of collaboration with the fans. Detach yourself from everything else and the idea is simply awesome. Can be badly implemented yes but at the very last it is a path people can follow even in the current DMCA mess. Fuck, Hitler was an asshole but he did have good animal protection laws in place. The fact that it was the Nazi regime does not automatically make every thing they tried wrong or immoral. Be critical people, separate emotions from hard facts.
Dude, dissociate yourself from the goddamn Fine Brothers. IT's NOT ABOUT THEM. It wasn't in the first article and it isn't now. IT"S THE GODDAMN IDEA THEY HAD. They can go fuck themselves for all I (and it seems the author of the article) care. Foucs: The idea of working together with fans. FOCUS.
The idea is plain awesome. If there is a decent idea, why DMCA the hell out of it? Support it, endorse it, make money on it and make the ones behind the idea make money. There was this HD remake of Final Fantasy 7 that Square shut down. Even though some fans would pay a kidney for it. The Star Trek fan fiction that was shot down recently. Heck, there are PLENTY of examples.
The thing is, where the most reasonable ones among us see opportunities, the old, scared ones in power see threat.
Punishment should fit the crime, not the criminal.
Precisely. Which is baffling when you see that if you actually steal entire physical copies (CDs) you will be facing fines that are several hundreds of times lower. So the paper in this regard does make a good work.
And sometimes it must fit the criminal yes. If somebody evades taxes in the millions said person should pay in the millions, if it's the poor guy evading in a few thousands then he should pay accordingly. And the punishment should never be enough to destroy the life of the punished.
In time: I pay like 10% more for the same speed in my ISP than the closest competitor. Why? Because said competitor offers slower upstream and because my ISP offers much more stable connections. So where's the race to the bottom?
Their only two competition points would be service areas and price.
Ummm, no? They can offer guaranteed uptime, guaranteed speed (ie: you will get at least 50% of your nominal speed), they can offer DNS filtering to avoid malware and the likes, they can offer QoS at the service level (ie: you choose what kind of traffic to prioritize over the rest) etc. There's plenty an ISP can do to be better than the competition. Price is one of the factors.
So the rest of your comment is basically bull.
Things like Binge On are differentiating services.
I thought I should emphasize: this is bullshit. They are only "differentiating services" because ISPs are already setting arbitrary caps and being general assholes instead of selling the speeds (or the pipe size).
Artificially creating a difference in service speeds isn't a good idea.
It's not artificial. It's natural. You use a portion of the pipe, you pay for it. The amount of data you can squeeze trough is measured by the speed.
There was this truck driver that had the habit of running over Raiders fans when he identified one. At one point he gave a ride to a priest. After a while on the road the truck driver saw a Riders fan and started directing the truck to said fan. Before hitting the truck driver remembered of the priest and pulled away but not before hearing a distinct bump noise. He then stopped and said: "Father, I'm deeply sorry about that Raiders fan we just got past!". The priest replied: "No problem, son, I managed to hit him with the door!".
Disclaimer: I didn't even know there was a Raiders team in Oakland and I deliberately assumed they are a badminton team. Ahem.