Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Feb 2009 14:53 UTC
Legal Practically before the trial is up and running, The Pirate Bay has achieved a major victory over the entertainment industry. On day two, the prosecutor has dropped half of the charges against the bittorrent website. The remaining charges are much lighter than the ones that have been dropped.
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RE: Comment by merkoth
by WorknMan on Tue 17th Feb 2009 17:57 UTC in reply to "Comment by merkoth"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

This is why traditional media distributors are dying: The world evolved around them so much they don't understand it anymore. They're so pissed off that the way they used to make money doesn't work anymore that they can't even realize that they can actually embrace these technologies to make money in a different way. I think BitTorrent could prove like a very useful way to distribute _legal_ digital media, reducing production costs dramatically!


Possibly, but what incentive are people going to have to use the legal services when they can still use the illegal ones and get the content for free?

It's kind of hard to create a business model around a product that your customers are demanding for $0.

Maybe they could sell t-shirts or coffee mugs? ;)

Edited 2009-02-17 17:58 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by RawMustard on Wed 18th Feb 2009 09:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

It's entertainment, it does not contribute in a meaningful way to humanity surviving. Ask a starving African if he gives a damn about commercial music or movies. It's been overpriced for decades and it's about time the reality stick hit them! People can make their own music and listen to already made works for free.

The Entertainment industry was never responsible for driving civilization and never will be. And they certainly didn't need to make insane profits all those millennia ago to enjoy it either!

They remind me of monsanto complaining about their bullshit seeds growing in some poor farmers paddock!
HELLO! This is planet earth and seeds and music thrive "without" control or money!

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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by siraf72 on Wed 18th Feb 2009 10:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
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2006-02-22

"Possibly, but what incentive are people going to have to use the legal services when they can still use the illegal ones and get the content for free? "

Not sure that's true. I am certain (yes hardly scientific, i know) that alot of iTunes users are former napster users (or Gnutella,etc). People will pay if they think its worth it. IMHO, most people would rather do something legally than illegally. Again, I think the iTunes music store proves this clearly. All those users still have the option to download music illegally.

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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by gustl on Thu 19th Feb 2009 11:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
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2006-01-19

What does a Business need to provide do be successful?

Simple: A product which offers a better price/value ratio than all other players in the market.

Let's compare pirated vs. legal downloadable music:

Pirated comes for free, legal costs a lot
Pirated comes unrestricted, legal is locked into DRM
Pirated might bring you in trouble, legal won't

The key to make more money, would be to increase the product value and reduce the price:
1) Reduce the price by 50%.
2) Provide just plain mp3, no DRM files.
3) Provide high bandwidth.

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RE[2]: Comment by merkoth
by John Nilsson on Thu 19th Feb 2009 21:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by merkoth"
John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, it must be hard. Sombody should tell that Google guys that it's never going to fly. How are they ever going to get revenue from a search service people are demanding for free....

Oh wait, they are doing quite good, aren't they?

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