We’re always hearing about how one of the reasons for online piracy is that digital entertainment isn’t available in a cheap, timely and legal fashion. The Digital Content Guide lists the legal options available in Australia. Think that might be helpful? Think again.
Launched today, the Digital Content Guide is a web site listing services in Australia which offer legal access to streaming or download content. Music, movies, TV (with a separate breakout for sport) and games are already covered, and ebooks are promised in the near future. The site has been jointly developed by APRA AMCOS, ARIA, ASIA, the Copyright Agency, News Corp, Foxtel and Village Roadshow.
The intent might be worthy, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. You can browse by category and see everything listed, but if you want to know if a particular show or movie is available, or how much a particular service costs, you’re out of luck. All you have is a link to the service itself, so you’ll have to do your own research.
Given the choice between a static list of providers whose costs aren’t known offered here and the ability to search for a specific show or episode and download it instantly which piracy promises, I suspect many people will continue do the easy thing rather than the ethical thing. Education has a part to play in combatting piracy, but this kindergarten-level approach isn’t going to help.