Let's compare apples to apples... hundreds of people pitch movie ideas that don't get funded by studios. Effectively this is the same thing. Pitching an idea to a studio on an existing property with an audience is going to have a better chance for success. Pitching it on Kickstarter should likewise have a better chance. Pitching an original idea is more risky and takes more convincing and selling the idea.
Should every idea for a movie receive funding? Probably not, so I think what we need to look at are the rate of "failures" of Kickstarter movies to take off vs. the rate of rejects of scripts from a studio. When they are on par, you've got an equally functional model.
It could also be that the Ad Firm TOLD Facebook that they had sued within the time period and therefore they could keep the material off FB. Meanwhile no lawsuit is filed (yet) and FB doesn't notify the poster about the lawsuit notice because they figure he already got served... Still bad, but a different bad guy.
I think his complaint might be more that no one has presented a new model where all the fat-cat middle men get to keep making their unbalanced slice of the pie. Typically the alternative models are bands directly promoting their music and giving it away and then making money on concerts and physical goods. This lessens or even potentially eliminates the record companies from a lot of where they make their money (as we saw with the Eminem lawsuit).
The problem with these efforts to get kids using technology in the classroom like iPods and CellPhones is that the teacher can't control who has which version and if every kid has one... when you pass out textbooks, you know every kid has one. If you want everyone to use their cell phone to text in their answer to the question, what do you do with the kids whose parents don't want him to have a cellphone yet? Or don't want to pay for texting. Education needs technology the teacher can reliably distribute in class, be trained on and understand, and get consistent results.
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