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Content Producers & Distributors: Stop Encouraging Piracy


WB Jack & Bobby can't be viewed in Canada

Media producers and distributors don’t you think it is time you guys joined the rest of the world in the 21st Century and stopped with these silly rules based on geolocation? Honestly, you are just encouraging the very piracy you sit around complaining about. Case in point the image above. My friends and I were talking about re-watching this series from 2004-05 which unfortunately got cancelled after one season. My friend looked for the DVDs and they don’t exist. He looked for it on iTunes, and it is not available to be sold in Canada. What do you think people’s next step is going to be? We look online and see if we can find it pirated. Lo and behold it is readily available online!

Another case in point my friend asked me to recommend some new music. I told him about this awesome new artist I had heard about out of the UK. My friend went to iTunes to look for the artist’s music and download it only to find they only had one or two songs available for download in Canada. Can you guess what the next steps were? (Hint: Exactly the same as above.)

Both of the cases above were people willing and ready to pay for the content but they weren’t allowed to because of a boundary drawn on a map. The first example specifically that content is available FOR FREE on one side of a line and utterly unavailable for any price on the other side of it. Calling it ridiculous doesn’t begin to do this justice.

If content distributors aren’t distributing the content where they have the license to do so then their licenses should be revoked and be given to someone who will or just be distributed by the creators themselves. It is that simple. This is the second decade of the 21st Century and it is time the people who are in charge of getting content out there realized what this means. If you don’t, then I don’t see how you can then turn around and complain that people are pirating your content when you seem to be doing everything you can to encourage them to do so.

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  1. Keith
    January 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

    It’s not as simple as you think there are different laws in different countries and it’s not easy to co-ordinate everything to roll out all at the same time.

    • February 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I know there are different laws in different countries Keith and I know it isn’t easy to co-ordinate a roll out at the same time but the people and companies in these industries didn’t rise to the top by being sort of good at what they do (did they?). I also will maintain that one of the main jobs of content distributors nowadays is to make things available digitally. It is way easier to do than to repackage and reprint things to abide by local standards (English & French in Canada for example) and if they aren’t bothering then, as I said above, have their content distribution licenses revoked. These big media companies have all the lawyers in the world to chase after 15 year olds downloading a song illegally but don’t have the time and money to dedicate to making sure that their material is made legally available to the consumer? They’d rather turn their potential customers into criminal suspects? I should think not.

      The show I mention, Jack & Bobby (as you can see above), is from 2004-05…I think they’ve had ample time and then some to make it available in Canada and around the world.

      • Keith
        February 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        Content is not consumed equally around the world. The amount of money & time that is needed to distribute in a region might not be worth it for a large company.

  2. January 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Totally agree. I’m so sick of going to sites like Hulu only to be greeted with the same message. Great post!

  3. danah
    January 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    This stuff is really frustrating when you are say in the Falls (such as I often am) and you can see the region it is available and can’t watch it.

    LastFM is free in the US and UK but not in Canada. That really upset me.

  4. February 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Lauren, Danah,
    Thanks for the support! I agree it is ridiculously frustrating and silly and annoying.

  5. February 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Very true – Great post!

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