Software, movies, music, applications, games… You name it, and you can find it on the web, oftentimes for free. You’d think that in this day and age, big companies earn gazillions of dollars with their web and media products, but in reality they aren’t. One reason behind their dilemma, they say, online piracy. The battle has been going on for years, but to no avail. Several companies try to protect their content monetization, including Microsoft. They developed the Microsoft Genuine Validation to prevent the unauthorized use of their software, but people have found ways to bypass
But there is still hope. With the unending battle against piracy, like humongous billboards with the tag line ‘Stop Piracy’
A breakthrough coalition
So how would these ‘copyright alerts’ work? Will subscribers be penalized for their actions?
According to the statement:
This would be a great idea if they could work out the kinks like:
How would the subscribers know if the site they are using is a legit downloading source or a piracy source? You won’t be alerted until you’ve actually hit that download button. Would that be excused? Or will the ISP providers suspend your account immediately? If your account is suspended, how can you appeal to the wrongful accusations? And to whom would you appeal?
And what about those unsecured Wi-Fi connections? Anyone can use that to download illegally and the one who will suffer is the owner of the unsecure connection. Their account would be suspended without knowing what happened. Yes, they will receive the alert, but like most people, they would just ignore it, especially if they know they haven’t done anything wrong.
These are just minor issues that need to be dealt with in letting the public know how this works. It is their right to protect their assets but consumers have rights too. If they act on this abruptly, they could be losing not only subscribers but also tons of money.