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Is "lost sales to piracy" a fallacy?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-May-2011 09:09

Juha's blog post What "lost sales to piracy"? is right on the spot... How can content distributors claim "lost sales to piracy" if their content is not available in a select market?

I am just highlighting that post because this morning I saw a link to "20 Web Services Not Available in Estonia". Here is the list copied from that blog (in case they disappear in the future). Note any similarity with New Zealand's own?

- iTunes (present in New Zealand iTunes including music and limited number of movie titles, no TV series)
- Android Market (present in New Zealand)
- Windows Phone 7 (present in New Zealand)
- Sony Playstation Store (present in New Zealand)
- Xbox Live Arcade (present in New Zealand)
- Nintendo Wii Store (present in New Zealand)
- Amazon App Store
- Amazon Movies (I've added this to the list)
- Amazon MP3 Store
- Samsung Bada Apps
- Pandora Radio
- Spotify
- Hulu
- Netflix
- Vudu
- Vevo
- Lovefilm
- BBC iPlayer
- ABC Player
- NBC Video

Here is a list of some other content services available in New Zealand (in addition to the ones marked in the list above):

Digirama (music)

TVNZ On Demand (TV shows, free)

Zune Marketplace (movies only, not the music catalogue or Zune Pass service)

It seems we do have access to some content, including music (via iTunes, Digirama), movies (iTunes, Zune Marketplace) and a limited selection of TV series (TVNZ On Demand). From what I've seen though people want more, and mainly in the movies and TV series front.

Instead of our MPs pushing flawed laws that punish consumers that otherwise have limited access to a artificially scarce content, shouldn't they be asking large corporations and lobby groups to work on a solution to their distribution problems before crying foul?

And to our MPs, who wrongly stated in Parliament that "file sharing is illegal", I introduce Vodo to them. Vodo is just one example of a legal content distribution service offering content via bittorrent. Movies on Vodo are made available free to the public by their creators, with appropriate licensing that allows legal free distribution.

There are quite a few web sites distributing content created by independent artists. It doesn't mean "free". It means "independent of large studios holding their contracts". In other words, these artists still make their money when they sell, and they found out that there's a way to reach content consumers everywhere in the world, not only in select geographical markets. Obviously the large corporations can't get the idea that there's a huge market outside their backyard.

I remember there are quite a few independent content distribution sites. Please leave in the comments links to other sites, but only those sites that legally offer content for download.



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