Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 22:38 UTC
Internet & Networking Yesterday, it was revealed GoDaddy actively supported SOPA - to the point of arrogance and dedain towards those opposing the US censorship law. As a result, a boycott was instated on reddit, which was picked up all over the web. Today, the company rescinded its support for SOPA - but for some high-profile clients, it's too late. Behold, the power of the internet.
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RE: 'Getting it right'
by looncraz on Sat 24th Dec 2011 01:33 UTC in reply to "'Getting it right'"
looncraz
Member since:
2005-07-24

Piracy is a business problem, and should be treated as such. Meaning, how are you going to get people to pay for your content if they can get it for free? If you can't, then you're finished. Period. End of discussion. You're never going to sue or bribe your way out of this situation.



Couldn't have said it better!!

However, there is a (simple) solution: make it easier to get it legally than it is to get it illegally.

I like the Hulu model, I can watch videos, legally, so long as my internet is strong enough to stream video (it ain't normally, though...). I don't mind watching a single commercial between show segments at all, either.

Problem is that I have no easy, digital, way to purchase an episode/movie and attain a good quality digital copy. If Hulu could expand to allow me to pay $2 per episode or less to download a medium-quality (480p) video file w/out any DRM or other tricks, I would much rather pay the money than sit with uTorrent running for hours on end just to find that the quality is sub-par, or it was a TV-rip or a CAM version...

Pay-for-quality & duration:

240p: $0.50/hr (or stream-only/ ad-sponsored)
...
480p: $1.00/hr
...
720p: $2.00/hr
...
1080p: $4.00/hr

No tricks, no specialized formats or codecs, just a web-site offering to download your own copy of a copyrighted work for a given price. Low end versions may have minor banner ads to help fray the expense. Some shows don't need any more than 480p. I'm paying for a copy AND the download service. Each subsequent download may have a small fee for each additional download, but you have the right after the first purchase to own a copy (at a given quality).

Each advancement in compression or bandwidth upgrade helps the media companies, so we'll all finally see better internet speeds!! Hooray!!

--The loon

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RE[2]: 'Getting it right'
by WorknMan on Sat 24th Dec 2011 02:33 in reply to "RE: 'Getting it right'"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I like the Hulu model, I can watch videos


I would too, if it didn't have ads. Either make it free, or remove the ads. I am NOT paying for ads under any circumstances.

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RE[3]: 'Getting it right'
by ephracis on Sat 24th Dec 2011 09:43 in reply to "RE[2]: 'Getting it right'"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

I would as well, if it was available to me.

What about the people in this world who don't have Hulu, or Netflix, or the full iTunes Store, or Google Music, or Amazon Music, or Rdio, or Pandora, or Spotify. The list goes on. The world is huge. There's a lot of people whom just don't have access to legal stuff.

Availability is the biggest selling point.

And also, waiting several years to get access to a DVD release of a series or a movie is not justified. Season 1 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was released in Region 4 almost four (4!) years after the last episode aired on FX.

Availability is the key. Even more so than price.

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