You’ve seen people protesting ACTA. You’ve probably seen an article or two about the TPPA. And if you havent, you should probably have a look at both. These things, my friends, are the best that governments around the world could come up with to stop piracy. The solution to everything: Put people in jail. It’s the path – at least in their sadistic minds – of least resistance. It’s so much more simple than just telling private publishers, media companies, etc. to shut the fuck up and change their business models.
But did anyone ever come up with a proactive solution like, say, a solution where everyone wins? Only a self-centered organization that looks only after its own interests would come up with the idea of illegalizing free speech, free content sharing, and freedom of information for the sake of lining its own pockets over intellectual property.
Let’s Make One Thing Clear
I love intellectual property. I love copyrights. The Tech Guy relies on its intellectual property being protected. That’s how I have the money to go to the store and buy bread, beer, and popcorn. Let’s not forget cheese. We have to include a little protein.
So Why Protest These Anti-Piracy Solutions?
I’m protesting things like ACTA and TPPA because I’m a free-thinking individual who believes that there are other ways to stop piracy. I’m sure that other people have come up with some ideas of their own, but there’s seldom anything more damaging to society than using brute force to stop a population from acting of their own accord and free will. A long time ago, that was called oppression.
A Word About Piracy
The word “piracy” isn’t used today in the same context it used to refer to. A long time ago, piracy meant “a robbery committed at sea.” The definition was later updated to include any sort of robbery involving a hijacking.
Today’s definition of “piracy” further amends that definition to include “the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material.”
Here’s the thing, though… When you download a song on the web, you actually make a copy of it on your hard drive, but you do not remove the original from its location. The definition mentions “reproduction,” however. And yes, I have a tendency to agree with this, but at the same time I don’t.
It’s true that the recording industry and movie production industry has lost millions of dollars every year due to this “piracy” phenomenon. Don’t be fooled, though. That’s just them crying like little sissies and playing the victim card. There’s a way to change your business model to counter piracy proactively, and I’m going to show you how.
But first, let’s check the definition of proactive: Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty. In short, it means “to be adaptive and preventative.”
The RIAA and MPAA are actually being the opposite, and therefore indirectly – and undesirably – encouraging piracy.
The solution I have in mind prevents the piracy in the first place, for the most part.
The Tech Guy’s Solution
Let’s have a look at the problem. Why are the companies losing money? Are they losing it because people are downloading/viewing the content for free, or because the companies are not making money out of the download/view?
Are people doing something wrong when they look at something? If that were true, can someone viably purchase a piece of the sky and tell others not to look there?
Think of how absurd this is… You’re reading this article right now, for free! Let’s pretend that the text part of the Internet works just like the antiquated film and recording industries, just for a second. That would mean that I’d show you only a paragraph (trailer/sample/whatever) of this article and make you pay to see the rest of it. I could write an awesome paragraph and just show you a bunch of fluff that sucks ass. Aaaaaaaaaaaand that’s what the music and movie industry generally does, and they need their current business model for it to work! Otherwise, they wouldn’t make a dime!
The ultimate solution is to flip the table over. What if – and this is a huge “what if” – the recording and film industries started using the same model that text media does on the web?
“What the hell is this about? How’d they make money distributing their content for free, genius?!”
Well, how does The Tech Guy make money? I run ads on the site and, if someone clicks on an ad relevant to their interests, a small commission comes to me. Gather enough of those ads, and you can make a killing!
You see, there’s a kink in this theory: You have to actually write/produce/publish/record good shit for someone to actually stick around. That’s a big thing for the film/recording industry, and it would mean actually having to develop plots in movies and write good lyrics in songs. No more “Stupid Hoe” by Nicki Minaj.
At last, if industries adopted these solutions, the market would be more competitive and less “imperial,” thus allowing more creative thought and innovation. It’s already happening! Look at YouTube and Netflix. These things are inevitable, no matter how much you try to stop them. The Internet is too powerful to ignore.
What Do You Think?
Let’s hear a bit from you! Tell The Tech Guy what you think should be done about the piracy dilemma. How would you solve the problem? And let me know if you find any flaws in the solution, in a polite manner. It’s your turn to throw ideas on the table.