I think those media companies are just lazy. They sit there and scream that new hardware allows people to pirate their property and that, therefore, that hardware should be outlawed. Apart from the rather skewed logic used here, there is one question that is still left unanswered:
Why do these companies see new technology as a threat instead of using it to their advantage?
An example: current broadband connections have brought an increase in people pirating music using Gnutella, Kazaa, whatever. So the big media guys, having failed to suppress broadband, try to outlaw P2P networks.
Why don't they take advantage of fast connections? Where is the pay-per-listen/monthly subscription Software that requires you to log on and then streams the music directly from the internet? It works for television and radio - why shouldn't it work for music?
Where is Disneys offer to view their movies for 2 bucks over the internet, a few months after they hit the theaters?
Just imagine such an offer for Episode I today - wouldn't it be cool to just say "Hell, I'd like to see that one again", start your home theater software and view it for a few dollars? It isn't in the cinemas anymore, the DVD would take a few days to arrive, so right now many people settle for the "P2P solution". But what if you just had to select the movie from a list and hit play? No searching, no aborted downloads, no nothing? I'd certainly pay for that...This comment was edited on Mar 15, 15:03.
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