Another update... Have I gone mad???

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No, I haven't gone mad...

It's just that I needed some ranting time after reading something this week. Also, I'm getting inspired by all the great comments and :+fav:'s I'm getting. Prompting more activity.

Anyway, I uploaded a couple of more pictures, and I guess I need to rectify a little thing, the new pictures of steam locomotives where taken a year later than the original Black Lady deviation. I kind of forgot. But Black Lady is from 2007, not 2008. It was the same event though (and I even believe the same train), which explains the confusion :P

On a slightly less entertaining note for railway fans; I'm uploading my pictures chronologically. Which means there will be loads of military aircraft coming for a while, since I've visited a military air show in between. I took quite a few good pictures there I'd like to upload. So, for a while, only planes to come. There will be more trains though. And if I ever finish, perhaps I'll upload more from older folders.

I've made over 3500 pictures with my current camera, so there's bound to be an interesting thing or two among them I haven't uploaded yet. Maybe I'll fish out something other than trains or aircraft to embrace change while uploading chronologically. :P

Have fun!

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Added ranting from here, don't read if you are not interested in copyright related rants.

Ok, now I've read another article about more serious copyright stuff... You know, the whole deal with lots of people illegally downloading lots of films and music and games.

I'm getting greatly annoyed by the 'legal' side of this problem. Here we have an industry, which adds virus-like Digital Rights Management to their products (literally infecting consumer computers), telling us to buy their virulent junk, while the original artist hardly gets any compensation at all for sold CD's / DVD's / BR's.

With such a blatant insult of a product, compared to the DRM-free illegal downloads, you think it's strange sales go down? Here we have that huge new video-game market, currently outgrowing film-industry. There we have film-industry trying to hold it's own, ánd we have music-industry trying to stay alive. Next to all those, we have a little consumer with only a fixed amount of money to spend...

Is it not logical that a consumer wants to KNOW what he buys in this flood of products? I'll honestly tell that I've 'illegally' tested some games I now OWN by borrowing / downloading first (yes, borrowing a game is semi-illegal). I've also borrowed / downloaded games which totally sucked... needless to say, I didn't buy those. I'm happy I never paid for those... as a fun little game costs in excess of €50,- on release nowadays. I can only afford one to three games a year with my current income, so is it really strange I'd like to see if something is worth that bucketload of money I'm about to spend?

My solution to the problem? (In the case of music)
1. Dump any and all DRM, it only makes the product more expensive, and it WILL be cracked before you can say 'protection'. It's not a question of 'if' but rather 'when', and that 'when' is usually BEFORE the official release. DRM does NOT keep your product safe, and lots of customers hate it and some even refuse to buy things with DRM on it. In other words, it only hurts business.
2. Try to lower the price as much as possible to attract doubting consumers.
3. Make the product look like it's worth it's money. Add booklets and other goodies, people LOVE those. It sets a physical product apart from a digital one, especially an illegal one.
4. Stop suing your customers, and simply ASK that they buy your stuff to support the artists. In other words, you cannot stop illegal downloading, simply ignore it, or even use it. (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em). I hear something nice on the radio, and I go download it. 15 years ago, I sat waiting for the next song with my finger on the 'record' button of my cassette recorder. Same thing, and nobody ever got sued because of it.
5. Actually start supporting the artists a bit more. They get a few cents for a CD I paid €14,95 for. That's where the theft is occurring.
6. You know, perhaps putting a little MORE new stuff on a NEW CD, so that it actually becomes worth buying?
7. Keep old music available. My dad would love a few of his LP's on CD... currently we convert them to CD ourselves, but it would be far nicer and easier if we could actually get a CD... If I can do stuff like that for only €3,00 (a cable to connect the LP-player to his PC) they can also do it in a cheap way.

I think it's the industries being at fault for using an outdated and plain stupid business model. Every other business must sell it's product, the music industry (and to a lesser extent the film- and game industries) thinks they can FORCE their products onto us. That simply can not, will not and will never work.

Why can these guys not understand that it's their own stubbornness which is driving them to the brink of destruction? Because it's 'money money money' and remember, that's also the reason a couple of banks bought the farm in this 'crisis' we're currently in.
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ZCochrane's avatar
Very interesting! My reply to that has turned out a little longer, so I've posted it in my journal.