Kim Dotcom’s “End Of Piracy”, that was easy…

In the anticipation of the announcement of the new Mega launch, Pat Pilcher at The New Zealand Herald wrote an article titled “Kim Dotcom on Ending Piracy” in which the journalist listed Mr.Dotcom’s five steps to ending piracy. Pilcher writes,

As ironic as that may sound, Kim Dotcom’s logic is inescapably robust. Here’s what his end to piracy manifesto says:

1. Create great stuff
2. Make it easy to buy
3. Same day worldwide release
4. Fair price
5. Works on any device

Looking at what Kim is saying, the 5 points seem pretty obvious, although each could quickly get bogged down once Hollywood gets involved.

So let’s look at these one by one.

1. Create Great Stuff
Well, that’s a no brainer. The content industries create the most prized and sought after “stuff” in the world including films such as Avatar, The Avengers, and The Dark Night Rises as well as franchises like Iron Man, Transformers, Harry Potter and others. Music artists include the likes of Adele, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift, The Beatles and countless others. Making great stuff has never been a problem.

2. Make It Easy To Buy
Another no brainer. Perhaps a decade plus ago this might have been an argument, but not today. There are over 500 legal and licensed music services alone. For the film industry there are services like Netflix, Vudu and Cinemanow as well as other direct to home video on demand providers that give consumers more access to more content across more platforms than at any time in history.

3. Same Day World Wide Release
For music this is more less the standard now and is also more and more common for feature film releases as well. This is a common practice for the largest and most anticipated releases of music and films, the “stuff” that is the most aggressively pirated. For smaller indie releases this may not always be possible but than again I’m not sure that the problem we are combating is in Nigeria on indie rock albums and movies that are more or less film festival darlings.

4. Fair price
Done. Netflix is $7.99 a month for unlimited access to it’s entire library of films and tv shows. Spotify is $9.99 for unlimited access to it’s entire library which consist of probably 95% of every known recording in print. Add to this the cost of a song download is 99 cents. Less than the cost of a candy bar. Renting a movie from a video on demand service ranges from 3.99 to 5.99. Price is no longer an issue and has not been for years.

5. Works on Any Device
Music is DRM free and has been for at least half a decade. Streaming Services such as Netflix and Spotify are also available on every major platform including not only Mac and PC computers, but also mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets by a variety of manufacturers. Additionally most new video game consoles and blu-ray players also include many of these same apps.

So there you have it, the end of piracy. Even Pat Pilcher at The New Zealand Herald agrees a referring to a similar response from the New Zealand record industry. He writes,

Well there it is, RIANZ’s response in full. I can’t argue with much that they’ve said, as they’ve pretty much complied with most of Kim’s 5 points.

So Kim Dotcom’s five suggestions have been fulfilled and yet, I don’t think we’ll see an end to piracy anytime soon. There is still one thing piracy offers that legal, licensed and legitimate services do not, and that is compensation to the artists, musicians, filmmakers and creators which requires that consumers actually do pay the fair price asked.

It’s all pretty simple and by Kim Dotcom’s own suggestions and admission it’s pretty clear where the problem is from here on out, and it’s not in his five suggestions…

And, of course, let us not forget this classic… Kim Dotcom Parody Video Appears on YouTube

3 thoughts on “Kim Dotcom’s “End Of Piracy”, that was easy…

  1. “So Kim Dotcom’s five suggestions have been fulfilled…” No they have not, this is part of the problem, and I think in this case Kim Dotcom has something to say.

    1) There is great ‘stuff’ but if the system was working better maybe there would be more.

    2) Some things on some services may be easier to buy but when you want something that is not on the service you are registered with you are left with hassle:
    + can you find it in the first place.
    + you have to sign up to yet another service.
    + pay yet another monthly premium which is a hassle to get out of at a future date.
    + you can’t actually buy it so you are never sure it is yours to access for all time. You are locked into some license which often has the clause that the licensor can change the conditions at any time.
    + where is the button that says; “pay me x$ and it is yours” for all and any of the ‘stuff’ out there?

    3) Is there really same day release world wide? My impression was that windowing was still active and much locally produced ‘stuff’ is locked into the country it is produced in.

    4) For the casual, infrequent, user monthly subscriptions are not a fair price. There needs to be other options.

    5) Music might work on any device these days but other ‘stuff’ is not so flexible. PC’s running Linux are not always included in the DRM scheme. Forget trying to copy my legally bought audio book onto a USB storage device so that I can plug it into the car radio. Much older ‘stuff’ is still on DVD’s which are region coded. Etc.

    I am not a young hacker who has no respect for artists. I am 58 years old, I do everything I can to support artists, I am currently working with an European project to try and improve the on-line functioning of copyright. But I am also a consumer and I think there is still a long way to go to make the system work for everyone and I think Dotcom’s manifesto makes some important points that still need addressing.

    1. The point is that over all there are more than enough robust offings to consumers as we’ve demonstrated. Some people may always want something that is not offered, but that is never an excuse or rationalization to steal that which is not given. The choice of the consumer is to buy or not buy, there is no right to steal. Also, let us not forget that what we are talking about here is intentional mass scale, enterprise level, commercial infringement.

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