Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   Piracy
Date:   2002-12-13 12:12:17
From:   anonymous2
While Mr. O'Reilly's viewpoint on piracy is interesting, for me, the reality is different.

I produce and distribute a television-magazine style program on VHS and DVD - about model airplanes. Modestly successful in that they're available via just over 400 hobby shops across the nation, I nonetheless suffer from piracy. This despite the fact the 2-hour long videos sell for the princely sum of $6.99 each . . . so much for consumers doing the "right thing" if the price is fair.

How do I know about piracy? In part, it's because I sometimes see them pop up on E-Bay - and have even bought a few just to see what I'd get, and lo and behold, once it was a copy! I also have dealers who complain about model airplane club members who start a "club library" of my videos and loan them around (to the detriment of sales of course). It bothers me somewhat, but I can't do anything about it.

What bothers me more though are the occasional phone calls that go something like this, "A friend made them me copy of one of your videos, but it's a bit blurry and I can't read the part number on the servo you used . . ." What's worse is they ask would I mind telling them which it is! I tell them, of course, as insulting them is counterproductive, but all the while, I'm really wishing I could do a Bugs Bunny, i.e. travel through the phone line and choke them senseless through their handset!

Recently I started offering my wares on DVD. Guess what? I've already received a couple of messages from a folks telling me about their availability on the internet!

Do the right thing? Nah, folks would rather steal. Thus, Mr. O'Reilly, I think you are wrong.

Rant mode off,

John Beech - GM (and janitor)

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