FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS, I’ve been on the fringes of the evolving Pantycelyn issue, and truth be told, I haven’t felt well informed or&
Whilst procrastinating, (I have a good 8000 plus words to compile for next week) I came across the question: Would you rather have sex with four Victoria Secret models and have nobody know about? or Would you rather spend the night chatting with four Victoria Secret models and have the whole world think you had mind-blowing earth shattering sex with each of them?
Now I exaggerate the second question for the sake of optimism but the premise stays the same. Were I a single man, my mind would have been made up on the first of the ‘rather’s’ based on the eleventh and lesser recited commandment, “Should he be presented with opportunity to make sex with somebody society deems a solid ten, he should not falter nor should he boast.*”
However that asterisk denotes the monogamy clause for which I am, (through no fault of my own) currently subscribed. Henceforth, my answer to this question shall be threefold…
I’ve heard the arguments many times before about piracy and how we should combat it, but for me, we’re asking the wrong question.
There are two models we use at the moment. Advertising subsidizing content, and paywall. Neither will stop piracy.
Advertising is great and all, but if I have to watch 3 ad’s before a youtube video, it’s taking the piss. Also, Ad’s have the horribly annoying habbit of simply NOT looking good. Ad’s just don’t fit in most websites. Facebook have done a good job sticking to their colour scheme, as have google and youtube only making video ads… these are all ways around that and a lot of people are catching on, eventually. *cough-yahoo!-cough-myspace-*cough*
However, advertising has a fatal flaw, in that WE are the product. Our information is being sold and it doesn’t matter how you feel about it. I’ve made my opinions clear in that personally, I don’t mind. Targeted ads target me because I might want them. Please, give me ads about cheap monitors and russian girls who want my dick over my little pony adverts, but you still have all my information… disconcerting? It’s a debate for another time. Safe to say, many don’t agree.
Paywalls and hard copies do away with this advertising, but they’re not working amazingly at the moment. Game of Thrones is the BEST example here. If you don’t want to switch cable provider or get HBO Go in the US, or get yourself a Sky subscription in the UK, you have to wait until the season comes out on DVD, because like FUCK does itunes have it to download.
Itunes however, is so close to being the way forward. Itunes successfully landed millions of dollars and pounds spent by children purchasing lives for candy crush or seeds for farmville or fucking bows for my little pony… all because you only had to enter a password?
I’m not going to go and find a study on how humans find it easier to spend money when it doesn’t actually FEEL like they’re spending money, with real life green cash, because I believe it’s probably self-evident, but if I had the choice of torrenting an episode of Game Of Thrones for free and possibly getting caught, or simply clicking a button which spent 99p IN THE BACKGROUND to get the content seconds after it had finished airing… I WOULD PROBABLY CLICK THE FUCKING BUTTON.
GOT is THE most pirated show ever. BGR reports it get’s 80% more torrent traction than ANY other show on TV, with 5.2 million illegal downloads per episode. 5.2 million… imagine if just half of that number decided to click the button.
It’s not whether we should pay or how much we should pay or whether different regions should pay. It’s not a question of asking who out of the content creators, providers or dissemination should be the one to take the cut, it’s a question of changing HOW we actually get the content. Because god knows I’ll pay a tenner to watch GOT. Netflix has it well on the way… Itunes is almost there. Just don’t tell me how much money I’m spending until it’s too late… and then I’ll just blame some kids.