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Netflix May be Helping to Eliminate Piracy in US
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With Netflix subscriptions doubling, the downloading of older movies has slowed.
Historically, the internet has been viewed by the music, movie and television industries as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, full of pirates who want nothing more than to kill profits. That isn't the case of course, and the success of Netflix goes a long way to prove it.
Companies have attempted to curtail the illegal downloading of their products in a variety of ways, including increased copy protection and lawsuits. In the end, the best solution is to offer a better alternative.
"Although no torrent site has gone out of business yet," writes Ernesto on Torrent Freak, "Netflix certainly is a serious ‘competitor’ for access to movies." He adds that nothing is conclusive, but the data seems to indicate that being able to choose from a range of movies at a low monthly price has beaten out illegal piracy for some.
Source: Torrent Freak
Francis Ford Coppola Defends Piracy - Sort Of
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A recent interview has Coppola dismissing artists who expect big money, supporting those that download their music and movies.
Francis Ford Coppola is a great filmmaker, and one who seems to have a bit of disdain for those that expect to get rich off of their art. " You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money," he says in a recent interview with The 99 Percent.
Coppola says that money and art don't necessarily go hand in hand. " I’m going to be shot for saying this," he says, "But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?"
"As we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right," he continues. "They should be able to download music and movies."
Hit the source to read the full article, where Coppola speaks on great directors, great actors, and the need for a real job. No word on whether he plans to give his wine away for free or how he got the dough to found that vineyard...
Source: The 99 Percent