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Digital downloads of movies?  Not for me with those conditions!

by on Apr.04, 2006, under General

Before I say anything on this issue, let me clarify a stance for you real quick. The article I’m talking about is from Writers Block Live. I’ve posted a few links to stuff he’s talked about previously, with regards to digital rights. However, you should realize the guy who runs writers block live is a definite mac person, and as such, could have some “skewed” views compared to others when it comes to technology. I say that, but I have those same views when it comes to media and digital rights. SO, I don’t find his views “skewed” on that aspect of things. Of course, I happen to be a mac person myself.

However, with my stance declared, when it comes down to it, I don’t think my concepts of consumer protection and consumer rights is skewed or odd in any way. I think it’s the opposite – I think it’s odd how few people really seem to care about their rights, and how they’ll pay while allowing themselves to be screwed over by big corporations. The new “digital movie downloads” the studios are supporting is to me a perfect example of big corporations having the wrong ideas when it comes to digital media.

SO, thank you to Mike Evangelist of Writers Block Live for an interesting read and summarization of the issues with the movie studios concept of digital downloads. Check it out, and let me know if you think my thoughts or views on digital media and digital rights are screwy. Please, let me know whether you think the movie studios have a clue, or whether I have valid points.

1 Comment for this entry

  • c2

    It comes down to this: antiquated copyright law needs to change.

    The iTunes Music Store has the most successful business model for digital downloads right now because (1) it’s cheap and (2) it is relatively flexible with DRM. There are still stumbling blocks with the second pointnamely, Apple’s reluctance to open up AAC as a standard to its hardware and software competitors. Still, considering the major labels agreed to Apple’s conditions kicking and screaming, it’s admirable that they got that far.

    In the meantime, both indie musicians and indie filmmakers will continue to thrive on the Internet, mostly because they’re more concerned about getting their material published and distributed than they are about the pedantic legalism of a 40-year-old law.

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