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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/31/2017 11:03:09 PM
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Re: Piracy
@srufolo1 - I would agree with that, the creators of Napster likely saw nothing wrong with the sharing of music. It may have even been intended to just be small, and then quickly got out of hand. Perhaps if they had stayed small, nothing ever would have happened to them. At the very least, they likely believed no one would ever prosecute them for their actions. Otherwise why would they have done it? And I know some bands are fine with anyone creating copies of their songs, the Grateful Dead being one of them. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/30/2017 11:14:24 PM
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Re: Piracy
@dcawrey That's a good point about they were able to force Napster out of business because of them being so high-profile. But they also may be a good example of someone who honestly did not think there was anything wrong with what they were doing. I don't believe they thought of it as piracy or copy infringement ... or that it was hurting anyone's business.

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DHagar
DHagar
3/30/2017 10:04:09 PM
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Re: Perceived value
@freehe, well stated, what they don't personally experience isn't real in their minds!  (Note:  As if Reality shows are more real!)

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/30/2017 9:20:19 PM
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Re: Piracy
@dcawrey - You're right, as long as piracy works to remain decentralized, they are more difficult to find and prosecute. There was a movie website (whose name I can't remember for the life of me right now) you could watch movies that were still in theater on the site. But it changed sites all the time, so even though it was still the same site, it's URL changed, and you had to get an email with the new URL. Co-workers used it to watch movies while we worked overnights, but when I stopped working with those co-workers I completely lost track of the site, so I don't know if it still exists or not. But even if it was ever found out, any prosecution lacked the fame that Napster had when they were being prosecuted. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/30/2017 9:16:14 PM
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Re: Perceived value
@srufolo1 - We live in a country that seems to value the profit of businesses over everything else. So long as we stay on this track, I think we'll soon find ourselves in the world of Idiocracy, where we all wear labels all over our clothes, and have a President named Mountain Dew. 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
3/30/2017 6:53:34 PM
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Re: Piracy
@srufolo1 It was easy to shutter something like Napster because they had an office in Silicon Valley and a team that was in the media. 

Piracy has changed since those days - it is decentralized and less visible. But no doubt it's there, taking away business from OTT providers. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
3/30/2017 2:19:25 PM
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Re: Mobile Millennials Lead Video Piracy
ElizabethV, Yes, fundamentally there is no getting around the fact that in modern tech the marginal cost of producing another copy is as close to zero as makes no difference. Over the last couple centuries the real price of bread has gone down a lot, but circuses have gone almost all the way to free.

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/30/2017 11:24:22 AM
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Re: Piracy
@freehee  Remember the days of Napster when no-one thought a thing of sharing MP3 files? The music industry got pissed and the company was forced to shutter. Pirating didn't seem like a big deal. The companies that lose money because of it do. It's considered copyright infringement. It may not be a huge issue to us, but it's still considered illegal to do it. Oh well, what can I say? Guess the Internet changed everything and made it easier to do.

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freehe
freehe
3/30/2017 7:45:51 AM
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Re: Perceived value
@Ariella, good point. I hadn't thought of it in that way. That makes sense.

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freehe
freehe
3/30/2017 7:44:31 AM
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Re: Mobile Millennials Lead Video Piracy
@JohnBarnes, good point regarding censorship. So true.

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