Posts tagged with "piracy"

Unskippable bullshit

John Gruber:

So to encourage people not to engage in piracy, they’re going to force everyone to watch yet another annoying, time-wasting, gratification-delaying warning screen that can only be avoided by engaging in piracy. They’re purposefully making the movie-playing experience worse for honest paying customers.

Here’s the thing the industry doesn’t seem to get about piracy: Being “free” is among the least of its advantages over the current media offerings. Not having to put up with dumbass warnings, previews, hideous menu systems, etc., are all advantages that trump even the low low price of $Free.

Anybody want to take bets on which will die first: traditional media distribution or cable tv?

Winter And The Wall


In response to my PandoDaily post about Game of Thrones earlier, Trevor Gilbert tries his hand at parody.

From the comments, it seems he takes issue with my “sense of entitlement”. Clearly lost on him (and plenty others!) is the point.

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I love it when people talk about this “sense of entitlement” surrounding piracy, like the industry is doing us all a big ass favor by sitting on content for months or years. “Just wait for it” misses the point. But apparently that point is lost on several people, and like the One-Upper in Dilbert, they love to point out how morally superior they are. “But I waited, for all five years in fact, and when they finally released it I was the first in line to give them my $100 because they deserve it! I didn’t bother going to amazon where I could have gotten it for cheaper, as I feel that cheats the producers out of their hard earned cut!”

Link Right vs Pragmatic

Insightful analysis by Marco.

My feelings are well known.

And I’m done following Welch…

I had to give up AngryMacBastards because the ranting was funny at first, but just got sad and annoying, and now this is the last straw in following his screeds.

Matt makes the point, not a new one mind you, that piracy is the fault of the content producers, plain and simple, albeit in a colorful way even John can appreciate.

There is a plethora of reasons Matt is right. Whether you agree with the “justifications”, as John terms them, or not, is irrelevant. Matt makes the points, you can go read them at his site, I’m not going to remake them here, save to say that the solution to piracy isn’t legislation, or lawsuits, or new DRM. Its making the process affordable, and simple.

The music industry has, grudgingly, gotten mostly onboard with the digital age. At least insofar as I give a shit; iTunes works, its cheap, and the iCloud stuff has finally alleviated my fears of a catastrophic loss of data causing me to lose my reasonably expensive music library.

The movie industry has only gotten worse. How do I know? I own more than my share of content, though at times I wish I did not.1


I finally lost what little respect I had left for John. His will be yet another ranting voice on the inter webs, much like my own here.


Jim, and The Beard, agrees with Matt as well.

1The best part about those Blu-Rays (speaking here about the Jurassic Park Trilogy AND the LoTR:EE trilogy)? They included digital copies. Wait, what’s that? I paid for a Hi-Def copy, but the digital copy is only standard def? Fuck. Them.

Link "...because doing it right totally sucks."

Matt Drance

Hollywood continues to completely ignore that lesson. It continues to punish the people who play by the rules with an insufferable customer experience. This is the sole reason piracy is up and profits are down: because doing it right totally sucks. And that’s apparently how the studios want it.

Emphasis mine. Having finally broken out my Jurassic Park Blu-rays this weekend, I could not agree more. Great movies wrapped in a terrible experience. BR and HD-DVD promised to fix many of the problems DVDs suffered from, but instead have only added to them. Makes me wonder if that part would at least be different had HD-DVD won.

Via The Loop.

SOPA and Piracy…

But the vast majority of customers are willing to pay if the product is widely available and the price is fair. If you have a relationship with your customers, and they know you’re doing the right thing, they will support you.

Tim O’Reilly, from “Tim O’Reilly: Why I’m fighting SOPA" - by Colleen Taylor

I agree with Tim, but the problem is the movie and music industry doesn’t see it that way, and both are willing to bury the internet and return us to the 1980s when they held their customers in a vice in order to save their dying species.

Here’s my biggest question for the movie industry: Why does fidelity cost more? You SHOT the movie in high def. That’s sunk cost. It costs you infinitesimally more to make a Blu-Ray than it does to make a DVD. So why is it BluRays are consistently higher price, other than you want to gouge the customers you know are gouge-able. Its great that you give us the BluRay, the DVD AND the digital version, but giving me 3 copies of the same piece of content, is a sick joke of a justification.

Of the music industry I ask: When Napster was still big, and cassettes were still around, was it wrong for me to buy a cassette of an artist for $7.99 (instead of $17.99 for the CD), then download ripped (often crappy quality) MP3s from Napster to burn to a CD? I had purchased the rights to listen to that album, but under the realm of music licensing I only purchased the rights to listen to it on that particular media which is where I call bullshit. Its also why the digital industry terrifies them so. Once the media is portable, there’s no rebuying.

Think about it, Records->Cassettes->CDs->Computers->??? Once you get music on a computer, that’s the endgame. I can burn it to a CD, I can load it on any MP3 player I buy, I can transcode it to a different format, I can archive it, etc. That is what terrifies the industries about digital content. They can bitch about rights management, etc., all they want, but all that bickering is just a means of providing an abhorrent experience designed to drive people back to “simple” solutions like fragile CDs that scratch when you look at the wrong.

Anyway, to follow Tim’s point: the industries are doing a terrible job at giving people what they want, for a fair price. They have destroyed any relationship they had with most customers under the age of 30, and have made the Digital Age of music and movies such a fucking disaster they are pissing off everybody older than that too.

Side Rant

When BluRay and HD-DVD were fighting it out in 2005/2006, one promise of both formats was an end to pre-movie trailers, intro screens, FBI warnings, dumbass menu systems, etc. You put the disc in, and the feature plays. Everything else had to be accessed via the more dynamic and awesome menu systems each format was implementing.

Inside of a year after Sony “won” the battle, that entire premise had disappeared. Almost every disk goes to a menu, AFTER making you sit through 2 minutes of unskippable FBI and Copyright notices, multiple previews, and some dumbass self-promising BluRay nonsense. And lets not even talk about the fact that BDLive and the shitty Java menu system can add (in my personal experience) 10-15 minutes to the process of just wanting to WATCH a damned movie.

Link SOPA: So how much does it cost to buy off America's Internet freedom?


According to a report by the Knight-Batten Award-winning nonprofit MAPLight, the 32 sponsors of the bill received just under $2 million in campaign contributions from the movie, music, and TV entertainment industries.

To put that in perspective, this weekend’s box office take for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (you can’t make this stuff up) took in $23 million in just one weekend. So, for less than a tenth of the take from Alvin and the Chipmunks, our congress-critters have let themselves be influenced by a historically and unendingly regressive group of trade organizations.

By the way, if you calculate up the contributions the tech industry has made to these same 32 “lawmakers,” you’ll find the total to be $524,977 — one fourth the amount contributed by the entertainment industry.

Despite all the cries from tech experts throughout the United States, Congress is still doing its best to pass SOPA. Is there a correlation? Are our elected representatives paying four times more attention to the entertainment industry compared to us in technology? You be the judge.

tl;dr: A handful of congress-critters (Lamar Smith, Joe Baca, Howard Berman, Marsha Blackburn, Mary Bono Mack, John Carter, Steven Chabot, John Conyers, Jim Cooper, Elton Gallegly, Robert Goodlatte, Tim Holden, Peter King, John Larson, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Lee Terry, Melvin Watt, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Barrow, Steve Scalise, Ben Luján, Judy Chu, William Owens, Karen Bass, Ted Deutch, Ben Quayle, Tim Griffin, Dennis Ross, Alan Nunnelee, Thomas Marino, and Mark Amodei.) took an average of $524,977 each from lobbyists to sponsor SOPA. Even though the people they represent overwhelmingly oppose SOPA and don’t want it to become law, they’re still doing everything they can to pass it, against the wishes of their constituents — who they supposedly represent — because it’s what they were paid off to do.

This is yet another reason we need a revolution in America. We need to burn it to the ground and start over, eliminating corporate money and lobbyists from the political process entirely.

This. Wil is awesome. And not just as an antagonist on The Big Bang Theory.