Almost none of the Emmy-nominated shows are viewable on Internet-based TV services ~ Peter Cashmore, Mashable
BitTorrent. As I said in my recent DVD post, if you don't give people the choice to get your media online, people will find their own ways.
Stop the presses! Next they'll be telling us DRM doesn't work, and that suing your customers doesn't good sentiment make.
A prestigious economics think-tank of the Japanese Government has published a study which concludes that online piracy of anime shows actually increases sales of DVDs.
No, really!? But this this goes against the narrative we've been forced fed!
The conclusion stands in sharp contrast with the entertainment industry’s claims that ‘illicit’ downloading is leading to billions of dollars in losses worldwide. It also puts the increased anti-piracy efforts of the anime industry in doubt.
Not to say I've ever pirated any anime, but if I did, I sure as heck have given them a lot of my time, money and business since. This is how promotion works, and in this case its even better because the producers don't even need to spend money on advertising.
From my perspective [theoretically speaking], had I not downloaded anything from fansubbers, I theoretically wouldn't have got into this incredibly rich world of unconventional storytelling and art anywhere near as much as I have. I [theoretically] would not have bought as many VCDs and DVDs and figures and posters and music and magazines and all the other stuff. Even if a select few do nothing but leech, there are plenty of other people to fill in the gap. Theoretically speaking.
Japan is an interesting case study in that the doujin and fanart communities are another testament to the nurturing rather than parasitic nature of people who take creative works, copy them and expand upon them. They don't leech off the success of creative works, they build an ecosystem around them.
Still, as that example has been in the past, media cartels will no doubt be trying their best to silence and/or discredit these findings. Watch out for it.
The ultimate question now becomes, how do we allow media creators to be compensated for their creativity with a sane, rational copyright framework in place that accepts (or at least tolerates) these activities? Unfortunately, as much as all this will continue despite what any lawmaker or DRM paddler says, and as much sense as all this makes, its still illegal.
Adorable Touhou pirate graphic ID 15309430 from Pixiv.
In case I haven't said so before, Google Reader is fantastic. By following items my friends are sharing I often get to see an entirely different world of ideas, images, quotes and the like that had I just used a desktop aggregation I would have missed. Unfortunately this means I find so much interesting material that I end up subscribing to even more feeds and the dreaded 1000+ unread message status appears with alarming regularity!
This evening a post Big Tom shared caught my eye. The title was If I can’t listen to you… I can’t care about you. and the post itself was concise and direct. I should take classes from Fran Snyder!
I’ll make this short. There are only two reasons not to let people hear your music very easily on your website:
You might as well buy a shop downtown, and never unlock the door.
Make it hard for people to hear your music. That’s a great strategy. 8^)
I agree. It's called "promotion". To be even more accurate, it's called "free promotion". Or "free advertising". Sure there may be people who would download your material and never attempt to compensate you in any way, but those kinds of people would never have bought your music in the first place so you haven't lost anything. And if such free loaders were to play said music to their friends and two ended up buying your music, well then it doesn't matter that "piracy" occurred because you're still better off!
This is why I can't stand it when I read campaigns such as the nails-on-a-blackboard awful HIP Alliance in Singapore and sensationalised news stories that claim that piracy has cost industries trillions of dollars. Such special interest groups are assuming that every single pirate who ripped off music (or movies, or computer software) would buy the material if piracy weren't an option. Even our little white fluffy dogs who can't even figure out how to climb stairs would be able to see the logical fallacy in such a proposition. I'm not Bill Kurtis.
I’ll make this short. There are only two reasons not to let people [see the source code for your application] very easily on your website:
You might as well buy a shop downtown, and never unlock the door.
Make it hard for people to [use, adapt, share and promote your software]. That’s a great strategy. 8^)
I wonder how many independent musicians run FreeBSD, Firefox or even Ardour on their computers? Seems like a match made in heaven to me!
We must ask ourselves... What would Haruhi do? She could kick their arses... into another space time continuum :)
It's almost as if a divine power is somehow punishing me for allowing comments on my blog posts! I've said numerous times I love having comments left by people because unlike hits or unique visitor logs it shows that someone has read my material and has thought it worthwhile to leave a message, question or reply to a previous message or question. It's what makes sites interactive, otherwise you may as well just watch TV.
I've been getting my fair share of rude messages both here and on other sites I host content, and I've been getting my fair share of generic spam messages (if by share I mean deluge) and unsolicited targeted advertising. They're aggravating, but I can deal with them. I like to think of them as the side effect to having a successful blog, right? As my father would say: "Uh, yeah"!
ASIDE: Speaking of religious salvation (below), I was visited by a pair of Jehova's Witnesses this morning. They were both quite old ladies, one of which looked as though she was about to faint, the temperature today is 31C (high 90s F). I offered her a glass of water, then promptly told her I was an atheist and wasn't even slightly interested in what they were preaching. I admired the fact she didn't spit the water out once she found out! A heathen offering water... I would have thought she would have suspected I had put a drug in there to force her to believe in evolution or to get a same sex marriage!
What I have a much harder time dealing with is unsolicited targeted advertising that gets added to the comments sections for blog posts where I discussed my mum's funeral, or my mum's oncologist, or benefit concerts for jazz legends who have been diagnosed with cancer. I can deal with people trying to take advantage of the fact I posted about a game console or a piece of software and they so happen to be selling related material for it, but people advertising funeral services, miracle cures, religious salvation and dodgy counselling services and somehow infinitely more offensive.
I know spammers don't care about the sites they fill up with their junk, because that's their aim. At the very least spammers could check with some sort of automated system that a post they're spamming isn't about the death of a loved one. I know spammers are doing it for the money, but even this is lower than low. And besides, as Jim Kloss so rightly put it in an audio magazine back in 2005, if spammers want people to buy their products, they're not helping their cause if they make the people they're pitching to hate them in the first place! It's ethics we're dealing with here, but even if it weren't, there's also some Bidness 101 common sense here too.
Common sense, we hardly knew thee...
I don't want to turn off comments on my blog posts about my mum because I get so many nice messages from people, and I've even got in contact with some family friends that way. I'm running out of ideas though. Perhaps with time I'll just get used to seeing these kind of messages. After almost one year though since it happened, it ain't getting easier so far.
I'm off to buy myself a new pair of brightly coloured 100% cotton socks, then I'll go for a coffee. That always cheers me up.