|Alright, so do you enjoy watching films, playing random video games, and listening to a wide range of music? Chances are you do, and chances are, many of you get them through some type of peer-to-peer or file-sharing application, thus opening up viewers, gamers, and listeners, to products they may typically never actually hear about or purchase.
Recently though, streamlined by Hollywood fat cats and greedy politicians, the world has been in an uproar over copyright laws and jurisdictions in which one can be held liable. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you probably have been hiding in a cave for the last ten years.
See, the nearly billionaire producers in Hollywood, and worldwide for that matter, are upset that they went from grossing 500 million dollars a year, to 350 million. Don't you realize they can't buy that tenth twelve bedroom house now or that twentieth new Ferrari because their films are suffering due to piracy? A hard-working actor cannot afford his cocaine habit because you decided to "steal" their movie, even though you wouldn't of paid to see or buy a copy of the garbage film anyway.
Oh and let's not leave out the Musicians, even though they don't make any money of the sales of the albums, they get paid in signing bonuses and tour profits, the record company gets those sale profits from albums, they can't afford the sixth Brazilian hooker in their Manhattan rooftop luxury apartment's hot-tub, because you downloaded their shitty cd instead of paying for it. LOL. This is complete and udder nonsense. The musicians (not that there are many true musicians today, seeing how nearly seventy percent of artists do NOT write their own material) tend to release garbage, with maybe two or three great tracks on an entire album, and the rest just jibber jabber, with no content.
These rich, griping, selfish, and corrupt people, are upset that the cost of making their product has dramatically increased, due to "OVERPAID" actors, shitty economy, and high drug costs while filming or recording, and they don't make as much today in total profit as say they would, fifteen years ago. Come on, gimme a break. Half the people who download movies for example, would never pay the ridiculous price to see most of these movies that are released today, because most of the films, are idiotic, and the quality of the film isn't worth the cost of seeing it.
The game companies, they enjoy some of the greatest profit of all the industry, raking in typically 50 US dollars minimum per game sold, and by far, outselling the movie industry. They do have a strong community of buyers, but they are undermining them, by creating these anti-piracy tools such as DRM, to prevent the buyer from using the game on multiple machines, or create a back-up disc, but we'll get to that a little later.
These are the reasons people are not lining up to buy or see these products, not piracy. In fact, it can be proven on so many levels, you just have to take a closer look at the facts. Example, The Dark Knight, whether you like super-hero movies or just think Batman may be queer, have to acknowledge, that the acting skills, as well as the plot to the movie, are incredible. Heath Ledger's performance was outstanding, as well as Christian Bale, and this movie, was the MOST pirated movie of 2008, yet with that said, it was also the HIGHEST GROSSING FILM OF 2008, THE HIGHEST GROSSING DVD/BLU-RAY of 2008. Hmmm... So it was the most pirated movie ever, and it also made NEARLY A BILLION, yes BILLION dollars worldwide, well that's just amazing, seeing how the MPAA (MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) claims piracy is killing the industry's sales.
Now onto the musicians. I do not much care for the whole 80's scene, but worldwide, people still do, seeing how the albums that made the most money, consisted of mainly 80's musicians. Bon Jovi, and Madonna, made the most money out of ANY musician this year, nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in TOUR sales alone, and I don't see them loosing a wink of sleep over it. Other artists topping the album sales charts, own their own labels, or run-off labels, or they have creative-control over their work for the big labels, such as the likes of Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, U2, Metallica. This shows that even though these artists top the pirated albums/singles of the year charts, they are also topping the charts in sales. Amazing, yet again, because the RIAA (RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA), is attempting to take everything you own over a few measly downloads, and suing every ISP (INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER) that will not give up the IP addresses of the people who are downloading these songs and albums.
The RIAA as well as the MPAA are political giants in the USA (and have hidden capital-pressuring powers globally), giving BILLIONS to congress to pursue tough new anti-piracy laws in the US, but we're not alone. The EU, (EUROPEAN UNION) is attempting to pass one of the toughest anti-piracy laws on the face of the planet, giving offenders equal time to someone who trafficked a human, or raped a child, and fines that will take everything you own, even over one song, this of course won't pass, due to public outcry, but the fact is, these rich fat cats, are spending a fortune all over the world, and using political power, to pressure other governments without copyright laws, to raid and shut down the servers of foreign P2P sites, and seize the IP addresses of their users.
Most famously, The Pirate Bay, originally a few guys from Sweden, who merely hosted servers for people to upload and download torrent files from, were raided by Swedish police after the US media industries and the US FBI put severe pressure on them to do so, which in the end, was entirely dropped by the Swedes, due to the fact that they do not recognize these US copyright laws, and that The Pirate Bay, committed no crime simply by hosting servers, it is the people who uploaded the content, who by American law had committed the crimes. The Pirate Bay have since fought hard to eliminate and tear down the motivation behind Anti-Piracy, and if you'd like to view some of the letters the motion picture companies, Microsoft, and others have sent to them, and then their "FUCK YOU" responses, visit http://thepiratebay.org/legal and check out their legal section, it's very amusing, and made these Swedes some of my heroes. As of recently, they have decided to sell the company to GGF and pursue "legal" methods of filesharing, perhaps to subdue new projects and avoid the expenses they were sentenced to pay at their trial. That alone is another topic, moving on.
Onto the gaming industry, which in recent years, is turning into a monopoly, with all the lesser or independent game studios being bought out by the big shots, such as EA (Electronic Arts), whom I personally protest, due to the policies they have been pursuing as of recently. One of the most anticipated games of 2008 was Spore, and EA decided they would hire a company, SecureRom, to develop DRM, a software protection device, to be implanted into their games.
Yes, for years they have required activation keys and such, mainly on PC games, to install the game, but this was one step further. You went out, paid fifty plus dollars for this game, and then they told you, that you could only install it three times, and every couple of weeks, you must have an active internet connection, to re-verify that you are legally using their copy of the game. This means, that say you had some pc issues, and needed to re-format your pc, you would have to re-install, and then use up your second DRM chance, leaving only one more time, before your disc becomes useless. Ok, well what if you have multiple computers, or wanted to take your legally purchased game to a friend's house to play? Hmmm. You only get three installs. WOW, that's insane.
On making backup copies, out of the three industries, I believe that if you legally own music and want a backup, okay, but if your disc scratched or broke, it's not THAT expensive to replace, and the same goes for movies. Yet, with a fifty to seventy dollar game, that is handled alot and many hours at a time, even daily, are spent playing the game, you definitely should be allowed a backup copy, because it would cost much more to replace the damaged disc on a game. That should be acceptable, yet with the DRM technique, and other new techniques as well, that could all end.
Now back to Spore, as I said, it was a highly anticipated game, expecting to rake in over a hundred million dollars on day one, until word got around about DRM, and in protest, sneaky file sharers, were online before the game's release, with pirated copies of Spore available, requiring no DRM to play the game, so you could either PAY for the game, and be totally out of luck on installing several times, or "illegally" download the game, burn to disc, and play as often as you wanted wherever you wanted. Tough decision? Not really. Well Spore still sold many copies, but goes to show, that undermining and insulting the customers who are going to potentially buy your product, will lead to protest and revolt.
This happens as well when you legally buy a dvd, you pop in in, and the first thing you see, is some two minute clip, telling you it's illegal to make counterfeit copies, and these days, a clip on what will happen if you pirate movies. This is a SLAP IN THE FACE, to you, if you legally bought the dvd. You paid your hard earned money to buy that dvd, and instead of a clip saying thank you for buying this dvd, they threaten and intimidate you to not steal the film, after you obviously paid for it!?!
Amazing, the ego's of the producers of these films, and if you do "pirate" the movie, without ever paying for the dvd, you don't get any of the MPAA threats at the beginning, ironic, eh? Amazing at the handling on a public relations matter, by these companies. Not so wise to royally piss of your consumer base or insult them with such mean. Hence, the reason for the utter lack of respect for these industries.
Now the point behind most of this article is, people will pay for a quality product, and one that they believe is high quality (such as The Dark Knight) they will see or hear or play over and over again. Piracy does not hurt the industry, if anything, it helps people who would typically never buy certain albums or pay to see certain films, recognize the quality in it, and thus, they may go out and spend the money on the real deal, but if it's garbage, which %90 of new films, albums, and disappointing games are, then of course they aren't going to rush out and buy it.
Keep in mind, that most of these consumers I just spoke of, would probably have never bought it anyway, and in some cases, never heard of it. Telling us, the consumers who paid for the product, that we can only do this, or that with it, is the same as insulting us, and under-estimating our intelligence, which is why I will continue to petition the mass media, mainly the MPAA, RIAA, and gaming companies with the nerve to do the idiotic things they have been doing for fifteen years now.
I think that the more I share files, the more I'm helping the film industry. Sure, if the large film companies can't make big-budget movies any more due to piracy (yarr! theft!, rape and plunder!) then I'll miss out on some blockbusters. But seriously, who cares? I think the world will be better off without blockbusters in general. They are usually entirely without a moral compass and the protagonist can commit any crime or hypocrisy as long as there's a happy ending. They usually have little to no basis in reality and don't pretend to. They help prevent normal people from further developing themselves. They will satiate their need for entertainment by watching something that does not require patience or any sort of analytical skills, instead of maybe, reading a book. Hurting these companies is not something I'm going to lose sleep over.
The movies that I enjoy the most aren't produced by them, they are written and played out by intensely driven writers and actors, and directed with passion. The music that I enjoy, the artists who write them, are inspiring, and mean what they say, take every word to heart in their work, and attempt to make the best album each and every time they release one. The games I enjoy, are driven to satisfy the consumers, and have typically years spent on development, and have few if any bugs left in them, because the companies who made them, have passion, and are gamers at heart, not just out to make a quick profit on a shitty game that ends in a few hours with no reply value what so ever, such as some monopolizing companies that I won't repeat. (Ahem, EA)
So the moral is, if you release high quality material, the clients whom you are directing your products at, will be there every time, and even if you release garbage, or destroy classics and re-make them into garbage, (Electronic Arts) people will still buy your trash, just many will be disappointed in the overall product. Again, if I see a picture of a new BMW and it looks glossy with tinted windows, and I then purchase this car, and once I open the door, the steering wheel is missing, the dashboard had no dials or interesting details, I probably would not waste my money with BMW the next time around, would you?
So my direct thoughts at the industry, stop blaming piracy, blame your egos, and yourselves. The industry, and money grubbing whores that run the industries today, and the reason for the declining sales and revenue, alongside, the struggling worldwide economy. Not the file sharers, that is simply a myth, that can be fought out at no end. Fight fact with fact, fight the powers that be, support file sharing.
August 13th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
|posted by (2009-08-14 06:29:53)|
|great write my friend...but we will get back to that topic...but first lets talk bout global warming...but lets skip ahead a bit and get back to that topic later...how about the decline of the bees? nahhh skrew that to, we will get back to that topic later ;) HAHAA...seriously tho, good write!!|
|You are a poet and diddnt even know it! lol. Nice work!|
|posted by (2009-08-21 16:49:15)|
|great post obs|
|WHY? WHY? Aren't they out there trying to catch real criminals instead of try to hang us. I guess they forgot what happened on 9/11|
|Please! Give me a break I'm ex military veteran from the Vietnam War they screw that up!!|
|LoL... Because the ones trying to "catch" us are in fact the real criminals calizimo but don't get me started on my Anti-American military industrial complex monopolized corporate giant agenda :P||
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