Originally Posted by tux99
They don't have to let it, it's already happening whether they allow it or not.
Now they just have to chose whether to face reality and make some money out of it by offering a BETTER alternative, or keep their head buried in the sand and lose money.
If movies were available to download at a reasonable price (noticeably less than the DVD version, I'd say 5$ max. for anything older than 2 years) and WITHOUT DRM a lot of people would buy them to avoid the hassle of P2P or usenet downloads or other file sharing methods.
The music industry has recognized this and therefore these days music is mostly available without DRM, but IMHO still overpriced.
I wouldn't pay more than 30-50 cents for a song so I generally prefer second hand CDs off ebay or Amazon rather than mp3 downloads.
+1 on all points, particularly the overpriced music download business. I also believe $1-$2 is more appropriate for a non-DRM movie download- it shouldn't cost much more than a Redbox or local mom and pop disc rental.
The IP cartel's will jockey and lobby for ever-increasing ridiculously restrictive IP law until their demise, harming societal progress and individual's freedoms and livelihoods in the process.
The models for distribution of all video and audio have been in place for years and work quite well, as tux99 mentioned- bt/P2P and usenet.
In the long run, music and movie distribution must follow the usenet model- pay a flat monthly rate and download all the music and movies/TV shows you want. The usenet providers do this now and make money. I wouldn't be suprised if the IP cartels (RI/MPAA) secretly have a business interest in the big usenet provider(s), either owning a portion at a distance or getting kickbacks from the big paid providers.
IMO, IP cartels must be outlawed. Collective copyright/patent pool cartels like the RIAA/MPAA, MPEG-LA, $ANY_CORPORATE_PATENT_POOL, etc, are the antithesis of a free (speech) society and need to be abolished by law. Copyright and patent holders (creators of works) should be required to defend their own copyrights. Only real people (artists, software writers, inventors, creators of IP) should be allowed by law to own copyrights, not immortal psychopaths-http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0218-01.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corporation
This would go a long way towards fixing the abusive power grab of IP holders we are currently experiencing.