The Cali Cartel Threatens to Murder Illegal Downloaders

Thought piracy was dead? Not for television, and not for Netflix.

Here’s one downside to paid-only platforms: rampant piracy.  That’s right: even at a $9.99 monthly rate, people will heavily torrent.  Case in point: the Netflix series Narcos, which chronicles the rise of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian drug cartels in the 90s.

Once upon a time, Netflix wasn’t dedicating resources to fix piracy.  But that was before the company started investing in original content.  Now, Netflix is actively combating piracy issues and committing their own actors to the cause.

It’s all part of a concerted effort to stamp out video piracy.  That includes everything from television series to movies, all of which are now easily traded across high-speed connections and torrent networks.

Bad memories for the music industry.

Back in the day, piracy was brutalizing music sales.  And Hollywood and television were only spared by heavier video files, which were difficult to trade.  Fast-forward to the present, and piracy has become more of a sideshow for many music industry executives.  In fact, one top executive told DMN that piracy has become ‘like speeding’ for many content owners — a far less serious problem that doesn’t require an army to combat.

Part of the reason is that free streaming platforms are now ubiquitous in music, starting with YouTube.  Spotify’s free tier is also a major part of this discussion, with piracy becoming an inferior solution compared to ad-supported streaming.

All of which puts ‘freemium’ in a different light.

Spotify, YouTube Music to End Free Streaming In 2-3 Years, Sources Say

Currently, the music industry is furious at YouTube over sub-par royalties, though few would debate the platform’s impact on piracy.  But Spotify has a different take: according to them, free access leads to paid access, and ‘freemium’ is a critical part of getting people to pay for music again.

Sounds better than murder.

7 Responses

  1. Nicky Knight and his morning coffee

    Look it’s a tough one… why invest tons of dough into something if you’re not going to get a decent return.. I get where they’re coming from.. will it change the
    behavior of the video snatchers.. probably not.. but it does bring about the
    conversation about piracy of entertainment content..

    Is it a case of shoot first, ask questions later…. 🙂

  2. Roland of Aragon

    Again another ridiculous piracy complaint. The video was hilarious. Downloading is copying, plain and simple, pirates don’t copy, a pirate steals and pillages.

    I wrote a music book selling online on amazon and other sites. I discovered my book on Ebay the other day from some dude I don’t even know selling it. It urked me a bit, but I can’t really stop it from becoming viral.

    Simple piece of wisdom.

    More regulations = more crime.

    • Versus

      “More regulations = more crime.”

      So we should abolish all laws then?
      If nothing is illegal, then there’s no crime. Utopia.

  3. Lou Cabaza

    Why invest anymore time, money and talent in recording. Just do it for your own arts sake and keep it off the internet (if that’s anywhere possi,ble these days)
    Let the AI macines pollute the listener who wants and expects “free” music

    • Versus

      Yes I’m sympathetic to this view. Just do it for yourself and perhaps some circle of family or friends who appreciate and value it.
      Of course, that approach won’t pay the bills…so then you need the proverbial “day job”…which typically leaves little or no time and energy for art.

  4. Versus

    So the music industry piracy problem was solved by giving away the farm (i.e. YouTube, free streaming, etc)?
    That’s not really a solution.

    It’s somewhat like killing yourself to save yourself from being murdered.

  5. Nicky Knight's dire prediction...

    If recorded music, recorded movies, printed books, e-books and TV shows get decimated through pirating sites and illicit copying then basically society at large will suffer the effects of no more investment into the arts, entertainment and content creation.

    The economy of the recorded and printed entertainment business will die and
    we all lose because no one will be bothered in creating excellent and amazing
    works as there will be no value attached to it..

    Let’s protect these businesses so that there is a value and a reward attached
    to content and that employment is viable in these areas.