Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jul 2011 22:59 UTC
Internet & Networking Via TorrentFreak: "Entertainment industry lobby groups often describe file-sharers as thieves who refuse to pay for any type of digital content. But not everyone agrees with this view. Swedish telecom giant Ericsson sees copyright abuse as the underlying cause of the piracy problem. In a brilliant article, Rene Summer, Director of Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson, explains how copyright holders themselves actually breed pirates by clinging to outdated business methods." No faeces, Sherlock.
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Competing with piracy
by WorknMan on Sat 2nd Jul 2011 01:49 UTC
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In other words, offer products that can compete with piracy instead of attempting to make piracy go away through repressive legislation.


Problem is, I'm not really sure you can expect people who are used to paying $0 for a product to start ponying up real cash. For example, even if they started charging $.10 per song on iTunes/Amazon/etc instead of $1.00, that's still $.10 more than a lot of pirates would be willing to pay. I'm sure it would help, but no amount of reforming business models is going to stamp it out entirely.

Of course, legislation won't due the trick either, and I'm sure these clowns will figure that out eventually. Basically, it's like this... if you try to sell a product that is infinitely reproducible and instantly transportable across the world for $0, a great many people are going to use that product and not pay for it. If that is too much for you to deal with, then you simply stop making/selling that product. There really is no other way around it.

When somebody invents a 3D printer and you can reproduce a car for $0, that's going to turn this entire economy on its ass.

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