[opendtv] Re: The New Laws of Television

  • From: "Silvio Macedo" <s.macedo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 17:18:04 +0100

If I may, I believe that with: 1) video in digital form using good and
free codecs, 2) the increase of bw and  3) availability of completely
distributed p2p architectures , there will be nothing anybody can do
to actually stop piracy.

Also, I believe (HOPE!) when you discuss the possibility of embracing
piracy (Tom/Bert at least), what you really mean is that there could
be ways of doing the same thing legally.=20

Piracy itself should never be tolerated. If someone prefers to have
its content distributed over BT rather than protect it and sell it in
another way, this is not piracy - it's just another form of
distribution - call it hyperdistribution, if you will - but not

Finally, going back to the initial discussions on p2p and internet TV,
what I believe to be fundamental is to find equally simple 1-2-3-click
front-ends to get content in a legally and commercially viable way -
something like what iTunes did for napster.

That's the challenge. If there are legal p2p networks or not, dvds
will continue to be ripped, tv tuners will continue to dump torrents
directly to the web to cross the Atlantic - and that will happen
independently of legal p2p networks. The pressure is just too much. In
fact, the only thing that creating legal p2p networks may do, is to
decrease piracy, by reducing the barrier between 1-2-3-click and
dressing/going out/driving to get a dvd.=20

Then it will be (again) more a matter of moral/ethics than
easier/faster/convenience. Currently, it's easier/faster/more
convenient to go underground. It shouldn't be like that...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx=20
> [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Manfredi, Albert
> Sent: 25 May 2005 16:06
> To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [opendtv] Re: The New Laws of Television
> Tom Barry wrote:
> > > The main thrust of his thesis was that piracy
> > > had to be *welcomed*. In your thinking above,
> > > instead, piracy would continue to be dreaded.
> >
> > And which one do you think is more likely.  ;-)
> Granted. I also didn't agree with his premise. It
> takes a huge leap of faith to make your business
> model dependent on fanatics buying the DVD boxed
> sets just because "that's the thing to do."
> > But Craig was basically talking about ways that a
> > media product could be differentiated into
> > different levels of service based upon both video
> > quality and ad density.  Like regular TV it would
> > be possible to give away one tier of service and
> > yet have a premium model where there are fewer (or
> > no) ads, better picture, and less censorship.
> > People would still pay for the premium service but
> > for the free service it might be acceptable to
> > embrace or at least tolerate "piracy" in order to
> > gain the larger audience.
> There are two problems with this:
> 1. It's the same point Craig has made many many
> times, and it does not respond or relate in any way
> to the article's ideas.
> 2. Once you have created a "premium" program stream,
> *that's* the one the pirates will target. Not the
> dumbed down version. So you end up being just as
> vulnerable to piracy, or maybe even more so, than
> producers and networks are today.
> As things are today, the networks expect to make
> money from the original ads, from some portion of the
> monthly fees collected by umbillical services that
> carry the content, from syndication, *and* from the
> boxed sets. As opposed to depending only on the last
> item as their source of revenue.
> Perhaps, if the producer didn't need to depend on
> networks to get his product out there, he could
> make the same income by just selling the DVDs after
> free Internet distribution/pirating? That would be
> the relevant point to wonder about.
> Bert
> =20
> =20
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