Paramount Worried About Piracy Uptake

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Paramount is arguing that internet piracy is now far more harmful to the film industry than before due to the ease with which non-technical users can get their hands on pirated content.

Pirate Bay

I sometimes wonder if images like this glorify piracy, but then I remember how much I like boats and post them anyway 😉

Of course, that’s not the only concern the Paramount folks have. In a letter to the FCC, Paramount outlines the reasoning behind the increase in piracy, saying that, “Just five years ago, one had to be computer literate and exceedingly patient to pirate movies. Today, literally anyone with an internet connection can do it.” That’s not all though, Paramount continued to rail against the faux-legitimacy that many piracy websites manage to achieve, including the fact that on-site advertising can help make very much illicit activities seem quite legal.

According to the letter sent from Paramount to the FCC, “Clunky websites are being replaced by legitimate looking and legitimate feeling pirate movie websites, a perception enhanced by the presence of premium advertisers and subscription fees processed by major financial institutions. It is clear that piracy has advanced from geek to sleek.”

What is perhaps most interesting about this comment is that it leads into Paramounts next point, which is against not only bit torrent users (long the industry’s biggest opponent) but more clearly users of services like Rapidshare, Megaupload and Sendspace, to name a few. With these kinds of services, users are required to pay a monthly membership for a ‘premium service,’ which basically allows for more downloads.

It’s strange that we’re living in an age where people look at a torrent-based for-pay model (as was proposed by the people looking to acquire The Pirate Bay) with derision, but for whom the concept of paying a subscription for illicit material isn’t entirely unthinkable.

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