1. of 12 countries studied, revenues from digital sales and rentals for two studios were 6% to 10% higher than they would have been had Megaupload not been shut down
  2. (via I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened - The Oatmeal)
  3. The primary problem movie studios have to realize is that everything they charge for is massively overpriced. The fact that movie ticket prices keep going up is astonishing. How can they possibly think charging $10-15 per ticket for a new feature is going to increase the amount of people coming to theaters rather than renting the movie later or downloading it online for free? Rather than lower prices, they double down, saying that gimmicks like 3D and IMAX are worth adding another $5 to your ticket. They have failed to realize that people want things to be easy. Physically going to the movies is hard enough without paying way too much for the privilege. Going to a store and buying a DVD instead of renting or downloading is generally an impractical thing to do unless you A) really love a particular movie or B) are an avid film buff or collector.
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    (via Infographic: Why the movie industry is so wrong about SOPA | Matador Network) How Hollywood fought every wave of innovation…65% of revenue from tech they said would kill them

    (via Infographic: Why the movie industry is so wrong about SOPA | Matador Network) How Hollywood fought every wave of innovation…65% of revenue from tech they said would kill them

  5. Piracy is not going to be solved by the heavy hand of the law. As far as businesses should be concerned, it can only ultimately be “solved” by new business models, just as radios, record players, tape recorders, and video recorders all required media companies to figure out new ways of making money. We are not about to jump in a time machine to return to the 60s and give up the internet just because some companies can’t compete.
  6. That main issue, we’re told over and over again, is “piracy” and specifically “rogue” websites. And, let’s be clear: infringement is a problem. But the question is what kind of problem is it? … Historically, infringement has never been about “free,” but about indicating where the business models have not kept up with the technology. Thus, the real issue is that this is a business model problem. …
    And, as we’ve seen with near perfect consistency, the best way, by far, to decrease infringement is to offer awesome new services that are convenient and useful.
  7. 11:16 18th Nov 2011

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    Reblogged from infoneer-pulse

    Tags: piracycopyright


    Draconian new anti-piracy laws that are being pushed through both the Senate and the House of Representatives are about more than just an academic debate over different legislative methods for fighting copyright infringement. They make it clear that media and content companies are fundamentally opposed to the way the Internet works.

    » via GigaOM

  8. 05:30 22nd Oct 2011

    Notes: 77

    Reblogged from infoneer-pulse

    Tags: Piracy


    When it comes to copyright theft and piracy, many people assume there’s just one side - the side of truth, justice and copyright owners. Beyond that there are parasitical thieves. When most governments come to legislate on the matter, their response is usually one of listening to what big corporations and lobby groups say and nodding in agreement. For the general public, years of being bombarded by cross platform marketing campaigns have ingrained people with various “Piracy bad. Copyright good” slogans.

    We’ve been deluged with the arguments against piracy for years. But what’s the other side of the story? Could it possibly be that copyright infringers and pirates aren’t always the bad guys? Are copyright owners their own worst enemy? Judge for yourself and tell us what you think.

    » via Australian Broadcast Company

  9. since 2009 the number of people who pirate music has dropped by 25 percent in Sweden. The sharp decrease coincides with a massive interest for the music streaming service Spotify.
  10. forget the internet, it was the advent of the cassette in the 70s and early 80s that wiped out a lot of labels in Africa – making his detective work harder – because it made copying music so easy. “I imagine that a lot of the artists whose recordings have surfaced on Awesome Tapes from Africa never made a lot of money from them anyway – they’ve always been used to piracy. So the idea that someone somewhere else is bootlegging their material: it’s not new to them. But they’ll recognise the benefits of any exposure.”

    Sensitive to any suggestion that he has exploited artists through releasing their material without permission, Shimkovitz says: “When I travelled in Africa, I was struck that every artist, however big or small, wanted more than anything to know whether anyone had heard of them abroad. It’s not, in the first instance, a question of getting paid – which is a good thing because I’ve not been able to pay the artists whose music I’ve posted online.” There is, instead, a simple message on his site: “This is music you won’t easily find anywhere else – except perhaps in its region of origin. But if you’re an artist/etc and wish for me to remove your music, click above and email me.”

  11. "It’s the right thing to do" cuts both ways. Customers who have bought (or "licensed") music and films laden with digital and contractual restrictions may feel like their ethical obligation only extends to treating the vendor as well as the vendor treats them. If you’ve paid for a movie "rental" that expires 10 minutes before you finished watching it because you had to tend to the baby, you might feel you have the ethical right (if not the legal one) to torrent that movie and finish it off. Or if you’ve bought a movie once on DVD and you want to watch it while you’re on the road, you might feel justified in downloading it.
  12. Nearly half of all internet users in Spain use services that distribute music illegally—double the European Union average, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  13. This to me seems so self-evident, I don’t quite understand why mediaco’s seem to struggle to get it.  

  14. Is piracy wrong? Yes, but that’s the wrong question. The right question is, which is worse: widespread piracy, or the endless and futile attempt to preserve DRM everywhere?
  15. In the first 20 hours after they appeared on BitTorrent, the final two episodes were downloaded a little over 900,000 times