What Would It Take For You To Stop Pirating?

We may not agree with the RIAA on much, but today they made a surprising statement that we can actually get on board with: innovation is the best way to stop piracy. Our question for you is: What kind of innovation would get you to stop downloading media illegally?

The statement was hidden away in a much longer article about the impact of their anti-piracy efforts -- which TorrentFreak argues is more than a little misleading -- but at least they're acknowledging that draconian business models are not going to get them out of this mess.

So, for you pirates out there: What kind of innovations would get you to go legal? Or, for the less anonymous among you: what kind of innovations do you think would be the most effective at curbing piracy? Lower prices? Less DRM? A bigger selection on online services? Let us know in the comments below. And, while you're at it, hit the link to read the RIAA's statement, and TorrentFreak's response.

The Evidence of Anti-Piracy's Impact Continues To Mount [RIAA Music Notes Blog via TorrentFreak]

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    To me it comes down too how cheap arsed a person is really! Why would you want a shitty copy of your favourite media, when you can have the real deal, and at full quality. And the "price is too high" arguement is redundant when you buy online, with most companies offering cheaper prices and free delivery. Im not saying someone is cheap arsed for owning a couple of copied items, but if everything you have is pirated - you are obviously a tight arse! I prefer to have an original copy, then I can refer back to it when converting and copying to different devices.

      Hey Motor Mouth, multiple identities on this board isn't cool man.

    Let me download any movie i want, in high definition if i want, without copy protection when i pay for the content. TV shows should be unlimited download for a monthly fee, as already suggested.
    The dance music industry is already doing this (examples are trackitdown, beatport, etc) because they are in touch with their customers who live in the 21st century.
    Right now I estimate it will take at least 5 hours for me to get a movie onto my tablet (purchase a DVD, bring it home, remove it's copy protection, and re-encode it). Make that just a few clicks like bittorrent is now.
    Streaming stuff like NetFlix is something i would be interested in with rentals, but it's critical flaw in Australia is that it can't be used without a decent 3G (or higher) connection and can't be watched on planes.
    Sure we have itunes but that's restricted to Apple devices only in many cases (rentals can't be played back on my android phone or tablet) and it's the same rip-off predatory pricing for Australians as real DVDs cost here.
    I earn a reasonable wage - i can afford to pay - when Hollywood wakes up and joins me here in the 21st century. Give me the same convienence bittorrent gives me and DRM-free dance music mp3s give me (which i already pay for).

    I download a little bit, not much, but I believe the future is IP TV on demand. I think Foxtel is in the perfect position to take advantage of the Australian TV on demand market, and their set top boxes will become a thing of the past.

    Currently, Foxtel do offer a service to watch movies online - but they only offer it to existing subscribers of their IQ service (boo!!). There is a market for them if they open this service up to everybody.

    In addition, they need to develop media player apps. Boxee and XBMC are becoming popular media centre choices, particularly among the consumer groups that are likely to pirate (Netflix and co make apps for these platforms/devices in the US, but they're not available in Aus). If Foxtel (for example) wrote apps that would allow consumers to access their media stores via media centre apps for either a monthly fee, a per-product price, or a combination of small versions of each, I believe consumers would respond.

    Challenges would be arranging with ISP's to not have downloads count towards limits, and providing content that could be reliably streamed via Australia's less than optimal WAN. Until the NBN is firmly established, HD content would be virtually off the cards for the majority of Aussies, unfortunately.

    Personally, if it subsidised some of the subscription costs, I wouldn't even particularly mind an ad ribbon at the bottom of a stream.

    There are other companies in Australia offering similar things, but only through select ISPs. For me, that's not good enough. I think the winner in this game will be the first to shake off the chains of "exclusivity" and make their services truly universally available.

    No way in hell I will give Apple a single cent for any movie, TV show or music album.

    The studios/labels need to get more diverse delivery mechanisms.

    Make it easy, Running sickbeard and sabnzd on a unraid server and pointing at easynews and everything just gets done autamically, basically an internet PVR. Make it that easy and pirates may stop.

    If I had immediate download access to movies and tv shows as soon as they are released on say DVD/Bluray or what-have-you, I'd stop downloading illegally. If tv shows and movies that are NOT readily available in Australia were available for purchase and download, I would also be less likely to download illegally. However since this is not an option for either of the scenarios I have outlined, the TV/Film industry can kiss my ass and suck it up.

    Just throwing in one of my pet peeves, long time supporter/enjoyer of Ubisoft's splinter cell game series - was a little concerning about the latest, Conviction, regarding it's DRM. Bought it anyway (for a high RRP too, no less), and found whenever my internet dropped out, so did my game. Considering those who pirated it only had to wait a little while for it to be cracked before they could enjoy the game as it should have been, left me more than a little disappointed in Ubisoft, my support and faith having been wasted.

    Lots of good ideas here. Content companies take note.
    Personally I would go with marketing content as a *license* than a *copy*. When you purchase fom any store (eg: iTunes, Amazon, Bigpond Music) your purchase history should go into a central licensing respository which gives you the right to use your purchase on any device regardless of DRM controls and where you obtain the media (eg: which online music store or format). If you buy a license from Amazon and they give you an MP3 file, then you would automatically be entitled to obtain a FLAC file from another store without requiring a repurchase of the license, the user would only be up for the cost of the media/distribution. If a user wants to get their legally licensed content from bit torrent, that is OK too, as long as they have a license at the time they downloaded it.
    Keep all the restrictions as legal terms, not technical. Allow users to use the content however they want in whatever format they want within those legal terms (eg: personal use)

    Motormouth= troll.

    The article asked for readers views on what would it take for them to reduce piracy and it is good to see many readers have done so. For some others to then try to counter their views is misplaced even if they represent the copyright holders.

    When gizmodo invites non-pirates to comment then go for it. Otherwise, just butt out!

    I'll explain with a picture as to why I don't buy movies:


    1. Allow my legal downloads to run on any of my devices without having to repurchase content.
    2. When I buy content, allow purchase of later extended editions or bonus content at reduced prices for existing owners. How many times do I have to buy TheTerminator, Aliens, or Star Wars? There are constant new version with new content on new formats. I refuse to keep paying for the same movie I paid full price for already.
    3. Local programming of shows completely frustrates viewers. Waiting for cliffhangers to be resolved while overseas audiences get them and then have them spoiled encourages us to pirate. Also constant changing of schedules, pausing during some local sporting event season e.g. Wimbledon, trimming of episodes so that more commercials can fit in, stating "end of season" when we can see on the Internet there are still 4 episodes left so they can hold over to the next ratings period also encourage pirating.
    4. Some shows only ever air on cable and it hardly justifies a cable subscription for the one or two shows you are interested in.
    5. Put the first couple of episodes online in good quality for free for people to try first. They are more willing to pay for a tested product.
    6. I've tried I view through the Xbox but the buffering is awful. The show starts then pauses then continues then pauses. I want to be able to download the entire thing to ensure I can watch the entire thing without an unexpected pause. So even though this is a free service I still have to pirate the shows..
    7. Missing a broadcast episode of a show for whatever reason usually means that pirating is the only way to catch up. Provide an easy way to get an episode. Maybe grant a user any 2 episodes of a season free to allow catch up.


      8. Cost parity between regions.
      9. No region encoding
      10. All versions available in all regions. E.g. Some DVD/bluray releases are not available in every country.
      11. Better back catalogue.

    copy Steam

    noone ever borrowed stamps or rare coins. they were collections. ownership, or a feeling of ownership, is key. online distribution means its possible to do cheap movies, paid or add-supported tvshows. whatever

    open up the APIs to authenticate/authorise someones account, to allow open source clients across all platforms.
    have a form of certification to show that the managing body approves certain clients or devices.
    post an update to the DLNA standard to do encryption/key exchange with 'Steam' either direct by entering credentials or via a decryption key from the DLNA player to verify ownership (kind of like HDCP?). to save traffic, or if the network is down, the authentication keys can be fetched in advance at regular intervals and time bombed.

    the tech world will always find a way around DRM. so dont fight it head on, just make it easier/simpler for the masses to go legit

    and as mentioned above, worldwide availability would be nice, but circumventing each countries standards bodies will be difficult

    Stop paying movie/ tv stars that much money, I mean really, 1 million per episode? 20 million for a movie? What is this crap?

    The main annoyance for me is being forced to watch the splash sequence of the studio logos. The hubris drives me insane. Websites (relunctantly) let go of splash screens - why do we still have them in movies?

    Another thing that would make it less likely for people to do it is US exclusive content. Australia constantly has to pay more on itunes for songs, shows and movies with lower resolution and has only recently got the ability to redownload. We pay more for the shows and they don't come out for sometimes up to a year late and still they cut out christmas specials which are usually irrelevant by the time you watch them. If companies could actually respect global releases and fair pricing for all countries there would be a significant drop in online piracy. It would still be there but I don't think I am the only one who would stop downloading shows if they were aired at the same time.

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