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Old 23-03-2013, 14:54
jon craig
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Probably not, but they could go through an awful lot of hassle unless, as you suggest, great care was taken to ensure that no such person was never accused in the first place.

Better still, would be if the rip-off merchants marketing vastly overpriced music, movies and software arranged for digital only 'rush release' copies of their wares to be legitimately available for, let's say 25p per MP3 and possibly 75p per movie, and maybe a whole 1 for a program. Obviously, these would be just the main product, no extras, no blu-ray, no printed manual, no case, etc, etc.

There is no financial impediment to doing this, it's only unrelenting greed that stops them. If prices were fair, people would buy rather than go for illegal copies. This theory is already proven beyond any doubt by both the Android Marketplace (now Google Play) and iOS App Store, with something like half a million apps between them, few of which are regularly pirated.
You're right that content providers need to be more progressive in their thinking - that is clearly part of the anti-piracy solution, and whereas physical music has for a while been at the centre of price wars with the big supermarkets and on-line retailers looking to undercut each other on big new releases, that price war hasn't really transferred to the digital market - at least when it comes to stand alone tracks.

I'm less convinced though that more competitive pricing is the whole solution. There is a whole new generation of maybe 13-20 year old's who have grown up with illegal download and file sharing sites. They are used to thinking music is free and getting those attitudes to change will be a huge job - even if content becomes available at much lower prices.
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