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and Industry Relations at Ericsson, explains how copyright holders themselves actually breed pirates by clinging to outdated business methods."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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RE: Competing with piracy
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 2nd Jul 2011 05:28 UTC in reply to "Competing with piracy"
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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.

If this downloadable "content" in question doesn't actively try to police me, treat me as a thief, and limit my use of it (ie. DRM), then I'd gladly pay for it. If it does do these things though... even if it's only a dime... I'll obtain it illegally for $0.00 before I'd pay the company even ten cents.

But really, I'm far more likely to just not buy it, not download it, period. There is other stuff out there--and if a company feels that they need to control and limit me, then I immediately lose any desire to do business with them and they can shove their DRM-infected bullshit right up their asses.

Edited 2011-07-02 05:30 UTC

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