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Rights Holders See Little Point Creating Legal Content Sources 417

Posted by timothy
from the regulatory-capture-has-only-just-begun dept.
aesoteric writes "Six weeks after Hollywood lost a landmark internet piracy case in Australia, it appears the film studios have gone cold on the idea of helping develop legal avenues to access copyrighted content as a way to combat piracy. Instead, they've produced research to show people will continue pirating even if there are legitimate content sources available. The results appear to support the studios' policy position that legislation is a preferable way of dealing with the issue." The industry-controlled kill switch is a popular idea all over the world.
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Rights Holders See Little Point Creating Legal Content Sources

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  • Content Paradox (Score:5, Informative)

    by gellenburg (61212) <george@ellenburg.org> on Friday June 01, 2012 @08:26PM (#40189197) Homepage Journal

    When no legal methods exist for consumers to obtain content in a way they demand, of course the only option left for them then is to illegally obtain that which they desire.

  • Re:Sounds right (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 01, 2012 @09:10PM (#40189673)

    You mean demonoid.me?

  • by ZorinLynx (31751) on Friday June 01, 2012 @09:37PM (#40189945) Homepage

    Then why are online DRM-free music sales so successful? iTunes and Amazon and such are selling more music than ever, even though it's DRM free. And this is WITH music being even easier to pirate that movies; you can practically E-mail a song to someone else in seconds these days.

    This argument doesn't fly. If you make access convenient, DRM-free, high quality and at a reasonable price, people WILL buy it.

  • Re:Content Paradox (Score:4, Informative)

    by zakkudo (2638939) on Friday June 01, 2012 @10:04PM (#40190203)
    You make the invalid assumption that what I want is actually going to be available internationally. I could import it, but the content is licensed for viewing in specific regions. That means I am not legally allowed to view it no matter how I get it.
  • Re:Sounds right (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 01, 2012 @10:42PM (#40190521)

    More like eztv.it. Demonoid's tracker is up fairly often, but their website is terrible.

  • Re:Sounds right (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 02, 2012 @12:50AM (#40191365)

    And it only works if you have a US IP address, thanks RIAA!

  • Re:Sounds right (Score:4, Informative)

    by Ginger Unicorn (952287) on Saturday June 02, 2012 @06:30AM (#40192825)

    There's no possible business model better than piratebay

    Piratebay isn't a business model.

    the only alternative is encouraging people to feel guilty for piracy, or criminally prosecuting pirates

    This is simply not true. I don't feel remotely guilty about downloading copies without paying for them, yet still I pay £15 a month for an unlimited cinema pass, and pay £10 a month for spotify, and I bought all the humble bundles at the average contribution, and I buy games on Steam when they get heavy discounts, just in case I ever want to play them.

    Guilt and threat of prosecution didn't motivate me to adopt these services (i pirate stuff all the time), they simply provided the appropriate level of value and convenience.

    If there were a movie streaming service with as universal a catalogue as spotify has for music, i would subscribe in a heartbeat. Unfortunately Netflix in the uk is barely finding it's feet in terms of content at the moment.

  • Re:Content Paradox (Score:4, Informative)

    by am 2k (217885) on Saturday June 02, 2012 @07:01AM (#40192949) Homepage

    You can't please all of the people. (Well, you can. Offer legal downloads for free, but I doubt that will happen.)

    That's exactly what South Park [southparkstudios.com] did (well, it's a stream instead of a download, but close enough). Guess how much piracy they get?

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