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As one gets older and richer, one uses torrents not to save money
but time, and to get a better product. Software is quicker and
easier to install. Drm free media is handy and quick, compared to
regionlocks and other silliness of legit media.
What I want is a way to legalize everything on my
pc, quick and
simple. "this computer, and WifePc, and Kidspc, together have 258
songs, 32 movies, and 6 apps that aren't legal. To buy these all for
$379, click here. To buy and/or delete certain ones, click here."
I want discounts, too. I want an amnesty discount for being honest, and further discounts for outdated software no one would buy today, and further discounts for bulk purchases. And, I want a large (90% say) discount for media I bought and ripped, and shared only among devices I own.
And of course I want anonymizing protection in case the sellers price is unacceptable or I decide not to buy for any reason.
I imagine this as either an Amazon service, or an open source torrent client feature.
I can think of only three little requirements between this and
1. IP owners are willing to negotiate with known pirates;
2. Most users would trust the product not to rat them out to the law; and
3 that it was possible for code to determine which media you had
purchased, as opposed to legally downloaded or ripped content.
This is what i wished sean parker had done with napster.
Any requirements I missed? Fire away!
||If you ripped it yourself your local copy is legal. It's
distributing it that's illegal. No **AA would grant you a
distribution license so you may as well completely
ignore that part.
||EDIT: Also the **AA wouldn't go for this, as they get
more from payoff money than from commerce.
||Ignore the "law", make a donation to the musicians benevolent fund, job done.
||An evil registration app would wait a few years until
it's really popular, sell out every user by sending all
their information and what they've got to the **AA's
for a billion dollars, change it's name, and start all
||Voice, agreed. What do you do with your horrifyingly evil
ideas? I post them in hopes of salting the earth, but looking
for better approaches.
||Much simpler to pay some kind of blanket license fee as radio stations do. You'd probably be limited to one record label per payment though.
||mitxela, a blanket license might work if we were only talking about music but actually, I would want this to cover any sort of downloadable content - music, books, software, videos, journal articles, etc.
||Voice, good point about local copies. I amended the idea accordingly.
||Bun. I'd implement this myself if I had the time.
Not sure I want to go to Sony Music and say something like "How about an amnesty fee for people's illegally downloaded music?" Them bastards are evil about these things.
||I have to think about the implementation details. It could have a metadata marker in the media files themselves, so that you dont pay twice accidentally. Ot keep some other tally of what you'd already bought. You'd need to be able to transfer it accross computers as well.