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Posted 5/16/17
i always notice it bc i know im special thanks CR
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Dark_Alma wrote:
Hm, it definitely isn't effective, but I guess it really is a watermark.


Depends on what you mean by "effective."

First of all, any and all anti-piracy measures will simply not stop a dedicated pirate. The purpose of anti-piracy is this:

1. Reduce the level of piracy below the effectiveness of your own marketing, so it is easier to find and use your site than it is to find and use a pirate site that has a given stream.

2. Identify pirate streams over which you own the rights definitively, so you can pursue legal action against pirate sites when piracy inevitably occurs.

3. Inject sufficient complexity to the process of not getting caught that the legal deterrents are simply too hard to avoid and not worth the risk.

Imagining for a moment that I was a pirate, I would not be sitting here watching a stream I wanted to pirate, I would be trying to obtain it in an automated fashion. But then I would need to strip off the personalised banner, cover or obscure the CR "bug" in the stream, then find and remove any embedded ID code in the stream

If I failed to do any of those things, I could get caught. If I got caught, I would get in trouble - and that's a potential fine of a quarter million dollars per stream I upload, per site I upload to. And while I can certainly do all of these things if I have watched the stream and subjected it to an appropriate analysis, that adds a few hours of processing to every stream. While it will not prevent me from pirating a stream, it will necessarily limit the number of streams I can pirate.

Which, in turn, limits the value of piracy, whether we're talking about a monetary value from ads, or a social value from giving away free shit, or a political value from supporting the cause. And when you reduce the value, sooner or later it drops low enough that nobody is going to pirate from you anymore. It becomes easier to pirate from someone else.

What we've been seeing happen over the last twenty years, however, is that the cost of legitimate media has dropped low enough that piracy is frequently just plain not worth it. I would love to watch Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley on HBO, for example, but the cost of a streaming HBO subscription is too high for me to justify. Instead, I end up needing to either buy the shows ($40 a season for GoT and $15 a season for SV), or pirate them, or... here's a radical idea... just not watch them.

And between CR Premium, Netflix Streaming, Amazon Prime, and YouTube Red? I already have more entertainment media than I can possibly watch. And that collection costs about as much as basic cable. Toss in Anime Strike, Kindle Unlimited, and Spotify, I don't just have more video than I can possibly watch. I have more music than I can possibly listen to and more books than I can possibly read. For about $60 a month.

Why would I ever pirate anything?

Which, in turn, leads to fewer and fewer people thinking like pirates. And that's why people see the anti-piracy banner on the top of the stream and get a warm fuzzy feeling: they're too honest to even imagine that it's a security measure.

Which is a Good Thing. Even if it has forced me to make my living doing something that isn't anti-piracy work.
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Posted 8/13/17
that's the good stuff
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24 / M / New Mexico
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Posted 8/13/17
I've noticed it and thought it was kinda cool.
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Posted 8/13/17
I don't care about it one way or the other
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