Posts under Tag: films
Bandwidth Throttling The Solution To Piracy?

Will throttling internet user’s data help stop piracy? According to Daniel Castro’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, it could be part of the solution to stopping online piracy. As part of his testimony he referred to a 2009 study by The Institute for Policy Innovation that states “U.S. recording industry and related industries lost over $3.5 billion to online piracy”. This study like many others makes the flawed assumption that each pirated song is a lost sale. Obviously this is not and never will be the case. Fundamentally when people spend their hard earned money on music they want to show their support to the artist to allow them to continue to create music, and despite what recording industry groups want you to believe artists are making more then ever before. The Movie industry in 2010 had it’s highest revenue dollar amount ever. How can this possibly be? Does it not fly in the face of logic?

The problem that paid content has both in the US and around the globe is not one of piracy but of a failing business model. The current pricing structures in place for both movies and music are based on a single universal price and limited physical media. If one was to buy a $15 movie in the US and a $15 movie in Russia it’s the same $15 amount correct? Not quite according to a report by the Social Science Research Council. That $15 in Russia is a much larger piece of their income and would be the equivalent of a $75 movie in the US. Many corporations are not interested in bringing¬† content to an affordable price for potential international customers. Instead, they’re simply trying to protect their premium clients, those in countries with the per capita income of being able to pay these inflated rates.

The solution to the “problem” of piracy is to cease seeing that as the problem and instead focus on the real issues, that of the failing business model and a re-evaluation of intellectual property law. Part of Article 1 Section 8 of the US constitution states “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;”. Limited times. The Copyright Act of 1790 was for 14 years, with option to renew for another 14 years and applied to maps, charts and books. However back then Corporations were not seen as persons under the law; now that they are these “persons” have no natural lifespan to end. So now those of us that live in the United States are left with legal entities that keep ideas under lock and key ad infinitum. This was not the intent nor letter of the law. We have let corporations become people, and people that live forever at that. We need to let these ideas have a limited time frame for the creator to have a monopoly on, we need to cease seeing corporations as persons under the law, and we need the RIAA and MPAA to take a better look at the finance sheets and figure out that they’re still making money hand over foot.

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Canada gets a reprieve on metered internet.

Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) very nearly killed the interweb for Canadian consumers. They originally had ruled that independent ISPs that rent bandwidth from the big boys in the field (Rodgers, Bell Canada, etc.) would now have to follow the pricing structures of the company they rent that bandwidth from. This would have brought monthly caps from approximately 200 GB to 25 GB. Now those with accounts at the big networks are already on these metered accounts but the little ISPs at least gave the Canadian consumers some amount of choice. The original ruling would have caused significant harm to high bandwidth services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. There are plenty of services out there that spend the proper $ to upkeep their pipes (Easynews.com and Usenetserver.com just upped their retention to 860+ days for example) and I don’t know why the Canadian Bells can’t keep their networks substantial enough to feed video to their users.

While the CRTC ruling is currently delayed and not overturned the Industry Minister Tony Clement has said that if they don’t change it he will. This of course is a good thing as the ruling was decidedly anti-consumer. As the way we consume media changes consumers are able to access more and more options on how they want their media delivered to them. This seems to be leading into a familiar clash of content creator and content provider. Services like Netflix and Hulu are offering consumers a way out of the standard cable TV distribution method and this fact terrifies the cable companies, and for a good reason. They’re seeing their subscriptions fall for the first time in… well first time ever. So they’re doing everything they can to maintain the near monopolies that they enjoy. The recent Comcast NBCUniversal buyout is an example of that. A distribution company buying a content company. This gives them a distinct advantage over not only other media companies but over consumers. If forced metered internet had been or becomes successful in Canada it won’t be long till companies in the US begin doing the exact same thing to bring viewership away from alternative options back to their standard cable networks. Once that happens cable subscribers in the US will be trapped in a world of escalating fees. As for me all of this just seems exhausting so I’m going to watch something on Netflix instant… while I still can.

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What happens to superheros when they go senile?

I saw a small article at io9 yesterday about the man of steel in his twilight years and it made me wonder. What will happen to all of the superheroes when they age and begin to lose their minds? Barring some cataclysm that ends the Earth or a battle to end all battles some of them are bound to get to retirement age. Of those that do some are bound to begin to lose their minds. What happens when that occurs? How could they be controlled? Would you keep them sedated? Would you remove them from the earth so they don’t begin destroying it unaware of their actions? If this is your kinda thing be sure to check out alt.comics.superman and io9.

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Machete a 2 thumbs down?

Checking out the group rec.arts.movies.current-films to see if there is any good catch for this long weekend. Doesn’t seem like its going to be a hit for Machete.

Here’s a little of what is being discussed in “Machete looks like more liberal propaganda from Hollyweird” over rec.arts.movies.current-films:

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“Is this going to be another Roderiquez “guns, drugs & whores” pastiche ?
Or is Rodriquez presiding over his first chef d’oeuvre-class work of art ?”

Cheers, David H

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Hahahaha. Seriously, you guys are expecting a work of art from a movie called “Machete?” All right, judging a book by its cover aside, look at the acting lineup. When was the last time any of these people were in anything good? De Niro. Jessica Alba. Michelle Rodriduez. Steven “I turned down Expendables for this?” Seagal. At this point, The Situation and Snookie would be a step up. It’s a blood and guts fantasy movie, shot by a guy who enjoys his craft and likes telling stories he wants to tell. It’s a work. It’s not a work of art.

- Greg Grant 333

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Here’s a link to the trailer if you’re interested http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/machete/

I’m not sure it will be worthy of my money though. Come on.. Lindsay Lohan is in the cast =X She wasn’t even worth to be shown on the trailer, I guess its that bad.

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