Quoting joasoze, reply 69
Of course to most Americans even thinking about a system like that scares them to death because everyone wants to be better then everyone else. It's a sad fact of life I think we'll always face as a Species until we are ALL United under One Common Goal or Leader.
What we really, Really, Need....is for the Earth to be Invaded by Aliens. I know that sounds "stupid", but it would be the One Thing that could unite us as a entire species because then we'd have another species to funnel our anger and greed at instead of doing it too each other.
Or... the Anti-Christ...
Think about it.
Anywho, one thing got my attention here, and I'll probably have one of those insanely long posts, so bear with me.
While piracy *IS* stealing... when it comes down to it, it doesn't really affect the music industry, hollywood, or even video game companies, as much as some people like to think. Like this quote from page 2 by Jafo...
Ask people who work in the film industry...they'll make it quite clear to you how it affects them. FYI I have a long-time friend who is a voter in the Academy....one who helps give these 'stars' of yours their gongs....but just like the undercutting of [western] manufacture by the cheap- labour East, people....even ones you might know....will be hurting .... because a rule of some form or another is bent or broken.
Indie movies... MAYBE. But big hollywood productions? I think not...
That latest Twilight movie cost about 68 million dollars to make. In just 1 week in theaters, that movie has earned $161,000,000. That's almost $100 million in profit. In a single week. If they can't pay their staff, maybe they should figure out a way to distribute that money a little more wisely. We'll look at some others as well.
Toy Story 3? $200 Million budget to produce. After three weeks in the theaters, $289,000,000. Profit: $89 million.
The Karate Kid: $40 million to produce. After 1 month in theaters, $151,623,000 in earnings. Profit of $111 million.
I could go on... and on... and on.. and...
But I won't. And yes, some movies make laughable amounts in the box office. Because they suck and nobody wants to go see them. And I'm 99.9995643% positive that Twilight is being pirated far more than Marmaduke.
And I won't say much about the music industry, because it's pretty obvious that the ONLY people who make money on album sales are record companies. Obviously, "Lil' Wayne" hasn't felt the music piracy heat, living in that mansion of his, because music piracy hardly affects the "artists" at all...
Just watch an episode of MTV's Cribs... that shit's disgusting.
That whole "it hurts people" argument got old ten years ago. Little Timmy isn't starving because his daddy couldn't afford to gas up his Ferrari and hit the Get-In-Get-Out after some 14 year old didn't pay him to watch Avatar.
It's one thing if much smaller companies (or independent persons) like Stardock or individual programmers (or even skinners) have their work stolen. They actually take a hit from that. But you don't see them working with the government, suing people for downloading their stuff. It's big name companies like Vivendi who are pissed because they didn't get their $10 because that kid downloaded that movie instead of buying the DVD.
Raven has it correct in a lot of instances. Including video games. Ubisoft's DRM *IS* getting a lot of praise from other companies. And it's taking even more evil forms. Look at EA. A couple of their latest titles have the multiplayer component locked unless you purchase access to their servers. Sure, you get a free code when you purchase the game new, but anyone who has plans of buying that game used from a friend or from Gamestop is going to have to shell out another 15 bucks just to play half of what's already on the disk. Not to mention, EA's servers are known to be terrible, and they have a tendency of shutting them down within 2 years of a game's release anyway.
Sure, piracy should be stopped, in one way or another. But it's NEVER going to happen. There will always be piracy, no matter how many times you sue them or lock them up. And in the end, when the companies realize that it isn't doing any good, the only option they think they have is to raise prices to combat the "millions of dollars" they say they're losing to pirates.
And then guess who has to pay $20 to go to the theater instead of $10?