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WakkaWakka

I agree. The movie industry needs a revolution like the music industry was forced to go through.

lethargic

I never understand the argument against DRM. Sure it would be nice not to have it, it sucks and the studios are greedy scumbags, blah blah blah. But what are they supposed to do? Just let their product out in the wild with no protection? How would they ever make money if every customer was then able to freely pass around his downloaded copy to anybody he wanted?

moviegeek

When digital music first came out for sale it had DRM and it wouldn't play on any hardware player(DVD, car stereo, etc). The RIAA gave up on DRM and digital music outsold CD's for the first time last year, as was mentioned give us content(without DRM) at a fair price and we will pay for it.

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@lethargic
Look at Louis Ck as an example of how to make money without DRM
https://buy.louisck.net/news

He was able to sell his video a lot cheaper than normal and still brought in a million dollars in the first 12 days.

Anon/b/

DRM or not, if people want to pirate it/share it, they will. DRM doesn't really change that. People who are willing to pay for it, will, people who are not, won't.

eviltimes

Totally agree with Wil. When prices are too high the smuggling (or piracy, theft, whatever you want to call it) begins. People in Boston threw tea into the sea because the tax on it was too high. More people than ever are torrenting from another sea as a direct result of movie companies greed. Hollywood is going to have to move into the 21st century.

El

There are shows i like that aren't even available on dvd. the studios refuse to release their content. These companies are basically begging consumers to just go about illegal methods. Studios do this to themselves. I don't feel bad if they lose money. You want my money? Release the tv shows on dvd.

ClydesMP

~"But what are they supposed to do? Just let their product out in the wild with no protection? How would they ever make money if every customer was then able to freely pass around his downloaded copy to anybody he wanted?"~

What they are not supposed to do is try to buy legislation where they can get a web site taken down simply on their say so. With SOPA, that's the power they will have and there will be no recourse. They need not even be right about the infringing content, and we've already seen some examples of what that kind of power can do.

Let me give you an example. Say someone on this blog links to a web site that links to another web site that may or may not have or be using pirated content. They could take this site down as well as the infringing web site because they are guilty by association. It would be a powerful tool by both the Government and Hollywood. Offer up some criticism of some studio or one one of their products, and down you go. Tough luck bub.

Thewessgrigg

I suppose truly the problem is the possibility of this being used for censorship of websites if "the powers that be" deem the content suspect.

Take a look at what happened to Megaupload in the last 24 hours. And the response that it had caused in the hacktavist community.

These are interesting and trying times out here on the internet.

Karen Lee

Read this bribe list and weep for our country.

http://www.politicolnews.com/congressmen-who-received-money-for-sopa-vote/

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