Apple also does not allow code that has been written for other platforms. So, if I have an app I have written for Android or Windows, and want to publish it for iPhone/iPad, I have to redevelop from scratch. Technically, code converters break the developer agreements.
This is just a list of stuff that should have come into the public domain this year. I wonder what the entire list of items looks like, added together with all previous years, of works that are still locked up.
These items go all the way back to the 20s or 30s, right?
Maybe, just maybe, one of these days the legacy entertainment players will get the message that innovators and entrepreneurs aren't the enemy. They're the ones providing Hollywood (and music and other industries) with all the tools to better serve the market.
What are the chances of that, or: how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
One major reason is that ratings look at who is watching a specific show when displayed at a specific time. Netflix's model lets people watch at their pace and time. You don't know when the eyeballs are coming....
Now, if you're not the MPAA and so tied up and confused by unauthorized access, you might look at that information and realize that putting it on AMC's website was probably the mistake. That's not where people look for stuff these days. Yes, they made it free, but they didn't make it convenient, meaning they didn't put it in a form that some portion of consumers want, and watching it directly on AMC's website appears to take a large group out of their natural flow.
The problem with having to go to the station's websites for me is that I can't use whatever device I want. My Android devices (tablet, phone, and Google TV), all show that I cannot access it with that device, but need my computer. I subscribe to 3 popular paid streaming services... PICK ONE!
I also have a Pogoplug that I have been using for a few years, and bought a second one (on amazon for $20) that I wiped and installed a LAMP server on, it acts as a private web server. The down side of pogoplug is that you still access the files through their portal, so if they shut down, you lose the access ability, but the files and storage are yours.