Solving the Piracy Issue
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Posted 1/25/12 , edited 1/25/12
As many of you know (or at least I hope), there are multiple bills/acts that are trying to be passed in many nations. The more notable and recent ones in the Western Countries are SOPA and PIPA. For the sake of argument, let's ignore the fact that these bills are a invasion to our rights and freedom by allowing undefined and unlimited censoring power to the government. Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that this is a "honest act" to actually combat piracy as a financial and business problem.

If this is the case - are you opposed to government control of digital rights (without censorship)? Or are you for government control of digital rights?

What, in your opinion, is the best solution for combating piracy issue?

Discuss on!
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Posted 1/25/12

makix wrote:

As many of you know (or at least I hope), there are multiple bills/acts that are trying to be passed in many nations. The more notable and recent ones in the Western Countries are SOPA and PIPA. For the sake of argument, let's ignore the fact that these bills are a invasion to our rights and freedom by allowing undefined and unlimited censoring power to the government. Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that this is a "honest act" to actually combat piracy as a financial and business problem.

If this is the case - are you opposed to government control of digital rights (without censorship)? Or are you for government control of digital rights?

What, in your opinion, is the best solution for combating piracy issue?

Discuss on!


Tough one, I say that Pirating is the most American thing a man can do. Our forefathers were smugglers and pirates, John Hancock had his ship 'Liberty' seized because he was a smuggler. Smugglers and pirates perform a necessary, though illegal, function, which is, to bring items that are either too expensive for the mass of men, or items that cannot be obtained in any other way, thereby forcing companies to improve their service and lower their price for those willing to pay. As any good Political economist will tell you, competition is necessary in a truly free market, legal or illegal, thus, when pirates introduce the goods illegal, they provide competition to the companies, who are forced to either improve, lower their prices or, ideally, both.
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Posted 1/25/12

makix wrote:

As many of you know (or at least I hope), there are multiple bills/acts that are trying to be passed in many nations. The more notable and recent ones in the Western Countries are SOPA and PIPA. For the sake of argument, let's ignore the fact that these bills are a invasion to our rights and freedom by allowing undefined and unlimited censoring power to the government. Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that this is a "honest act" to actually combat piracy as a financial and business problem.

If this is the case - are you opposed to government control of digital rights (without censorship)? Or are you for government control of digital rights?

What, in your opinion, is the best solution for combating piracy issue?

Discuss on!


First of all, I am opposed to government control of digital rights. No matter how well-intentioned it starts out, censorship will come into it at some point.

With regards to piracy, for me it is about money, and to some extent ease of access. For years I could only watch anime on either fansubs (free, easily downloadable, available soon after the Japanese broadcast) or DVDs (expensive, take ages to be released in the UK.) I stuck with fansubs, as DVDs were too expensive and I would most likely only watch them once, especially with long running series. Crunchyroll came along, and I could stream at least some of the series I wanted to watch for what I consider a reasonable price, so I bought a Premium membership. I now pirate less anime because I have a reasonably priced, accessible legal source.

IMO this would be the way forward - let people pay a single subscription fee and have access to whatever content they want, all-inclusive, with the option of paying for a permanent copy of things they want to keep even if they let the subscription lapse.

It won't solve the problem completely (some people will just go for the free option due to lack of funds or just cheapness) but it might help.
Posted 1/25/12
All in favor of these bills, say aye.............................. (crickets chirping)

I am entirely opposed to these tyrannically imposed bills.

I can not really say what is the best method of combating piracy, since there always seems to be a way around it.
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Posted 1/25/12
The internet is too large to police. Let copyright holders file complaints (as they currently do) and press charges when someone illegally uploads and distributes copyrighted content.
Posted 3/1/12
as much as I'd like to see an end to piracy, it will never happen - Other countries basically own half the USA and they have locked in import trade agreements with everything from computers to cars. If USA ended these trade agreements then nobody would be able to buy the tools for piracy - no thumb drives, dvd-Rs, piracy software, etc - information is power
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Posted 3/2/12
These big media companies can beat the pirates at their own game. Offer their content (movies, tv shows, music etc.) for free online on demand. And they can make their money from ads.

Just like Crunchyroll and Hulu
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Posted 3/2/12
I think piracy is good for business, if i didn't watch pirated anime then i would only be aware of a fraction of the series i have watched, and wouldn't have bought any, it's the same thing for manga and music. Despite this some responsibility lies with the consumer to buy things if they like it.
Posted 3/19/12
As for me, kinda conflicted, piracy is like the evil in humanity you can't stop it completely, but you can slow it down. Personally, one way to balance it out is to have a TV series or direct to video be allowed a certain amount of episodes as free samples of sorts, but if that limit of episodes is passed, then worry about it.
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Posted 3/19/12
Lala thinks instead of directly countering piracy, the government and authority should work together with the internet companies, in order to provide an entertainment service to everyone in the community. Just like Crunchyroll is doing!
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Posted 3/20/12
Do it better than the pirates.
That's all I can really say. Lower prices, improve product quality, offer free stuff.
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