This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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?
In the first 20 hours after they appeared on BitTorrent, the final two episodes were downloaded a little over 900,000 times