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Each time you purchase an album or single track music
download from an authorized content provider (ie,
Amazon, Google Play Store, etc..), your purchase is
to a tally tracker which can combine your purchases
amongst the various content stores if you have accounts
name, email address, and credit card.
your purchases total a certain amount (say, $50.00, but
amount can be determined by folks other than I), you
receive in the mail a 'Legit Downloader' badge of honor.
This badge of honor is in the form of those pin-on
they give out at political campaign rallies. Under the
laminated face of the badge is an anti-forgery holograph
like they put on government-issued ID cards and a
which contains your account info.
The badge entitles you to a 25% discount off the purchase
price of 3 concert tickets and 10 single-track downloads
two album downloads, or 5 single tracks and one album).
These tickets can all be bought for the same concert (ie,
bringing 2 friends along), or used at 3 separate concerts.
the concert, the barcode is scanned for the amount of
tickets purchased. Perhaps special, only-available-by-mail
album CDs with write-protection software can be sent as
an additional/alternative incentive depending on the
content provider or music label.
Basically the idea is to combat the 'Piracy = cool' shirts
illegal downloaders wear with a set of wearable pin-on
badges, one badge for every X amount you spend on
legitimate music downloads.
This is what I meant
said [The Alterother] [Alterother, Jul 28 2012]
||The phrase "up one side and down the other" comes to
mind at this juncture...
||^ I have no idea what that means but I'm sure I agree with the sentiment.
||Normally, it just means 'really thorough'.
||Actually, I was referring to a post from earlier this week
proposing the belittlement of illegal downloaders <link>,
and now this one offering up a nice shiny reward to those
who play by the rules.
||My plan would be to implement this in lieu of the
Psy Ops idea, rather than in addition to (positive vs
negative reinforcement *is* a powerful form of
psychological warfare). Of course, I leave that up to
the music industry and/or lawmakers, and it is not a
precondition for implementing my idea.
Incentivizing legitimate purchasing with an
exclusive member's only badge that signifies
considerable group benefits you're getting (benefits
that the pirates are *not* getting) almost certainly
will not stop all illegal downloading. After all, some
folks really can't afford it. However, it would
encourage those who can afford it to be more
willing to spend their hard-earned money at least
some of the time, knowing they'll get something out
of it which they cannot get by downloading for
||Would these shirts be seen as cool or as completely
mama's-boy dorky by those that define 'cool?'
||Indeed, [Ray]. I was just reaching for the annotate
button when I saw that you had already plucked from
the air the d-word that had been hovering noisily
||I just downloaded my 'Legit Downloader badge of honor' off the pirate bay. Looks nice.
||This would be like wearing clothing with product logos on it - without getting any endorsement money. Oh, we're doing that already...
||@ morrison, you downloaded and printed a holographic image?
What kind of printer do you have that can do that, hm?
||I don't know which is more dorky - downloading legally or illegally. Anyone who's got time to sit downloading for hours and wear any kind of t-shirt/pin on the subject is a dork by default.
||No need to sit at the comp for hours...
queue up a few downloads, and walk away.
||But they don't walk away.
||//What kind of printer do you have that can do that, hm?
|| It's so good I accidentally printed myself again last week. Now we just argue about who's going to take out the rubbish, so it does have its downsides.
||You could wear it proudly in public; so I could laugh at you!