Privacy is the Product of Supply Ignoring Demand

You wouldn’t download a bear!?!


I originally wrote this article in early 2012. It remains here unedited in all of it’s slapdashly-written glory. Comments + links added for context.

TL;DR

  • Piracy is the product of supply ignoring demand whereby people demand an alternative to what is currently being supplied and supply does not react
  • Entertainment industries must learn to iterate more to better match demand
  • People are willing to pay for things they really want provided price is within their parameters of expectation
  • Piracy is inevitable, Piracy is soluble
  • Supply must be cheaper, faster & more secure
  • Piracy is a positive change agent for consumers & new businesses
Well, you wouldn’t would you?!

And the rest

“Piracy is the Product of Supply Ignoring Demand” is a statement I made on twitter leading up to the SOPA blackouts. The common response was ‘I disagree’. The reason for this response is because most people just see piracy as a bad thing that people are willing to participate in whether there is supply or not. This therefore presumes that most people are inherently dishonest. I find that quite hard to believe. However, we are very good at making our own paradigms for what is acceptable - whether it be taking stationary from the office or downloading a movie. Here is the paradigm I work within when downloading content for free:

  • Movie: Content is foreign and unavailable to purchase
  • Movie: Content is foreign and the cost to purchase + delivery do not meet my needs
  • Movie: Why would i pay for something if i do not know whether it’s worth buying?* I am not a gambling man
  • Music: I have already purchased the content on another medium (CD, Vinyl, Tape)

I don’t want to dig deep down into the moral, ethical, psychological & legal mines for this post but I am sure many of you out there who are ‘against’ the general idea of piracy have similar ‘rules of thumb’ that help you dictate whether you think something is right/wrong/phone a friend. In fact, you definitely will because these ‘rules of thumb’ are commonplace in all aspects of our lives.

Whether they are right or wrong really is irrelevant. They exist and they are common.

So this is what I demand and if you can’t meet it then I will find an alternative route much like a river forms by cutting through the weaker parts of terra firma. The obvious response then is to ‘react’, consider my demands and think how best to appropriately meet them. Right? The customer is always right?

WRONG. VILLAIN. DIE!

This is not how the entertainment industry works. When they sense change they walk to the windows of their towers and cast out their winged monkeys to hunt down those who stand against them. Fly my beauties FLY! Muahahaha. It’s this arrogance that gets you killed.

Piracy listens to me, or at least others with similar desires listen to me & we find alternative solutions. The entertainment industry in fact has piracy to thank for a lot of their current business models. PIRACY forced them to reconsider. It was a positive change agent and will continue to be one for the consumer and the industry. Without piracy there will be far less innovation. Just think about the amazing impact the VHS had, think about Napster! Now we also have Spotify & Netflix trying out legitimate versions of pirate models. Without Napster we’d probably still be buying CD’s or flashdrives for £1.50 a track in HMV!

I hope piracy continues

I hope businesses learn

I hope the consumer wins

& thus businesses win

Originally published at www.socialmedium.co.uk.

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