April 8th, 2011

erotically codependent

First world rant

OK, first up I'm going to admit that I'm not hugely familiar with the ins and outs of the production/distribution business. I'm a punter. A user. A consumer of media. I am not a businessperson, a publisher, a producer of media.

And while I'm relatively geeky in many ways, I'm not a geek. I discovered torrents just after Napster was shut down, and have hardly ever used them. I hadn't used them for years, like about 5 years, until I needed a patch to fix a bug in a game and couldn't find it through the legitimate source. Went to the torrents, there it was, quick 2 min dl and I was playing. I had BOUGHT this game, legitimately, but it didn't work till I made an illegal download and at that time, illegal downloading was my only option to get, you know, what I paid for. So torrents were useful if slightly dodgy, nothing more.

But then, I ran across geographical restrictions and my opinion on torrents changed.

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I know there are people here who know more about this stuff than I do. If my understanding is wrong, please let me know. I don't like pirating, but fuckit I am so sick of the fact that we're small and a long way away limiting my choices and making things harder and more expensive.

And before someone says it, no, a free trade agreement with the US will not improve this situation - in fact the 'intellectual property' clauses in there would actually make it harder (read: more expensive in what is already almost a monopoly) for NZ to legitimately get hold of contemporary media, and give the US distributors legal rights to sue individuals and ISPs in New Zealand for using alternative means to access it.

Dear makers/distributors, please get your shit together and realise that if you make it available for us that don't watch TV, WE WILL PAY FOR IT. If you don't, we'll take it anyway.

No love, Tats