Lead, follow or get out of the way! The entertainment industry seems intent on the least desirable fourth option, litigation. The problem with that is that though it might work in the short run, over time they will get run over if they don't get out of the way.
Reshared post from +Tim O’Reilly
Hilarious takedown byof the insanity that drives media piracy, in which protecting old business models takes precedence over inventing the future.
In his wonderful Four Short Links column (IMBO one of the best sources on the net for interesting, provocative links), Nat posts a link to a script for adding Torrent links to IMDB, and summarizes it as follows:
"Add Torrent Links to IMDB (Userscripts) — a glimpse at what the Internet could look like: from the site you research movies on, with one click you could then launch the download. If only the company that ran the movie research site had rights to the OneClick patent and the ability to offer movies for download. Oh wait, those aren't the barriers. If only the movie companies would cease being nutjobs insisting on flogging their DRM-hobbled nags when the black market has x264 racehorses for less. They're not competing on price, they're not competing on convenience, they're competing on the expected value of litigation. Now that's a business model!"
Four short links: 8 March 2012 – O'Reilly Radar
Add Torrent Links to IMDB (Userscripts) — a glimpse at what the Internet could look like: from the site you research movies on, with one click you could then launch the download. If only the company…
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