swa66 - 11:46 am on Feb 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Ok, so the leachers buy an offshore hosting account, setup an encrypted tunnel to the server and get their daily dose that way.
If the offshore provider calls it enough at some point they move to the next server.
The bottom line -even for "hollywood"- is that once it's out there you can;t get it back. Not for us, not for them.
The thing is they go after the wrong targets: when I object to pinterest stealing my images I object to somebody making money off of my work (pinterest might not make money but they collect a lot of dollars on wall street), not to their visitors having a good time - they would not pay me anyway. The movie and music industry needs to realize that those into copying movies would not pay them even if they could not get it online, nor to those watching it/listening to it earn themselves anything. They don't lose anything in the copying process - on the contrary: they stand to gain if they play their cards right. But they are entrenched in an obsolete model where copying was hard.
Let's look at this model for the music industry: artists are free to post their creation on the record company's streaming services (think of them for this aspect to be youtube). The record company encourages viewing (with some subtle advertising). Those that got the talent to catch an audience will do so (aided by clever matching of taste of vistors to the content they have).
Cost for the label: negligible.
Cost for the artist: might be significant, but it's the thing they like to do, they do it anyway.
Cost for the consumer: watch some ads.
Income for the artist: small kickback from the label for the ads (much like youtube)
Income for the label: advertising.
Sounds lik they make more now, but wait.
The contract they have with the artist gives them rights over one thing: concerts.
Yes the kind of thing that sells out in mere minutes at steep costs.
So anybody floating to the top of their "youtube" charts and being popular gets the support and coaching from the label to become a professional and eventually gets a shot at filling up a stadium and both of them earning millions.
Population: music is free (or you pay to remove the ads).
Copying is now a problem where others will scrape the music and add their own ads: we all know how that feels, but the scrapers have assets in one place and are easy to find -> sue them into oblivion. Instead of alienating your potential customers by threatening them all the time...
Alienating your potential customers is the worst move a business can make.