posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 08:30 AM
You bring forward an interesting perspective, however there are so many different ones to be taken into account, for different situations within this
entire entertainment industry, that one viewpoint can never encompass it all.
I don't know anyone who hasn't copied something at some stage. This goes for cousins under 9 years old, grandmothers over 70 and many others. The
extent to which people do it however is varying. For example many people I know will download movies or albums that they don't think are particularly
good and are often inferior quality, if they like them they will purchase them or more importantly support the local act - as this is where they get
their money. I do agree this leads to a culture of overconsumption, depending on where your perspective is set. I am guilty of it myself, however I
believe you can never have enough information but don't live your life only in the pursuit of infinity.
Movie companies of late have been moaning about less sales. Has anyone noticed the prevailence of cheaper camera technology (not much film nowadays),
and thus vastly cheaper budgets for mainstream big cinema films, recycled and predictable plots, poor camera work and acting. Many are realising the
far and few between nature of good movies in todays' world. Movies and movie theatres are not cheap either - I mostly hire nowadays.
Profiteering has become norm for large corporations. The amount of money it costs for me to get in specialised books via borders is ridiculous, as is
the amount of time. It's far easier to go online and buy in many cases through another source, however you have no gurantee without insurance.
Sometimes you can't find them, and downloading is the only way, however many older ebooks I come across are released for free.
I have been a musician, band member, lighting company owner, visual jockey (VJ, think DJ with videos) and professional cameraman amongst other things
in the vast entertainment industry.
My intellectual property for VJing is never released mainstream, you wanna see it, come to a show. Lighting and laser show, well yeah.. not much point
in watching a video of one but they are distributed free of charge. Music, come to the shows, most people know there is hardly any money at all in 3rd
party record company distribution. Online sales with donation or small fee per track has been reported to be rather successful by some of my friends
in the industry (itunes anyone?), guess it's just if you have it or not - by 'it' I mean the sound, feel, webpage, look and overall strategy.
My videos produced for various corporates is paid for then released, free of charge online via youtube or other free online hosting distributors. This
model of distribution is taking over and I believe it's a case of adapt or be forever washed into obscurity.
An argument I have against CDs, DVD, Blu-ray and any other physical disc media is that of jitter. In pursuit of high fidelity, a floppy, reflective
mostly plastic disk being rotated is never flat, thus causing jitter and innacuracy. I would happily pay for extremely high quality, better than CD
quality audio or video downloads, the quality used in recording studios. These are far and few between online for audio but are slowly being
established as the market grows. I wouldn't be suprised to see TV switched over to completely online in the next 10-15 years.
Legally, it can be very hard to provide proof of claim for who has downloaded something. Hearsay is not proof, a computer can't beyond doubt tell who
is using it, neither can a wireless router. There's no statute law or common law which requires you to secure your internet connection, as unlawful
access is already covered under common law - you are causing loss by using someones paid data. So if you really get into the nitty gritty side of the
law there are plenty of traps for the claimant, as everyone is equal before the law and 'Fictio cedit veritati' - a fiction yields to the truth.