Wow. Insane, just on Wednesday here at Earlham College, Richmond Indiana, we had a guest speaker, Professor Pamela Samuelson present on "Should Information be Free." She is a professor with the School of Information and School of Law,
University of California at Berkeley.
She spoke of the growing need to rework copyright laws to fit the modern digital age and to work more easily with the youtube/facebook/myspace(*shudder*) generation of personalized media, using songs in user videos, etc.
After the presentation, I had the strong urge to ask her about there not only being the need to change laws on copyrights, and for users to take up more responsibility for their pirating actions, but rather what she thought about a company's responsibility...or rather NEED to update their methods of ditribution and money making strategies.
I planned on using PurePwnage as the perfect example. You are simply amazing people in my eyes. The way you make a show for free, offer it up for FREE downloads at what I consider amazing visual/audio quality, and then offer more tangible, physical sources such as DVD's and CD's, shirts, etc for fans to show their support and thanks. Myself and countless other fans are MORE than willing to pay money for these products. You love your supporters and give them a quality product for FREE, and in return, out of LOVE and devotion, we buy your various "side" products in the hopes that you will continue making videos/projects for us to enjoy.
This is exactly what the music industry should start doing, in my opinion. Rlease these songs on the internet, cheaply, very cheaply and efficiently. itunes isnt too bad of a way, hell, amazon does it now. Sure get rid of the gimmicks and antitheft crap and give it as it is. Then you come up with great side products. Things people want tangible copies of. They already do that with t-shirts, DVDs of concerts, etc. The problem with trying to stop music piracy is that most times a song is downloaded, it is just that one song a user wants. They dont want the whole cd, and if they had to pay to get it, theyd say screw it and just not pay. You cant fix that.
But alas, she ended the presentation by chewing out a student who asked about the inclusion of pharmaceutical drugs and copyrights[patents] and no one wanted to talk to her. I found her after the presentation but she immediately told me she had to drive to Pittsburg and couldn't take any questions.
So, in the end, I was pwnd and didn't get to ask it, but then I soon after heard from a friend about this very update... heh, great minds think alike, amirite?
Thanks for everything you do, I'm sure you hear that all the time, but know that I and many others think of you and the show[and its commercial strategy? for lack of a better phrase] as complete and utter genius. Pure Win.