And this is a happy story you can share with those family members who don’t understand why you get angry over copyright.
Once they turned the content into “intellectual property”, it was easy to sell them on the idea that they retain rights to it.
Because some people don’t respect those rights, they tighten their grip on the consumers willing to still accept these rights making them less likely to care.
If you buy a plastic disc of content, they still remind you 5 times not to steal the item you just paid them for. They make money for advertising other things, and remove your right to not be marketed to. They might have replaced the original music because it is someone else’s “IP” and they gotta get paid again too. They will not tell you that it will not match your memories on the outside of he package, because most people wouldn’t bother buying it if they didn’t lie. Playing by the insane rules gets you a worse product and experience.
Now you can get a license to watch content from the magical “cloud”, the IP holders love this because it gives them more control. You can pay the price the market will bear, but they can collect the money and suspend your right to watch it until they want to offer it again. They can control how, on what, where, how often you watch it… all for the full price.
And we wonder why some people look online to find…
A project where they ripped all of the original audio and offered it as a replacement to the crap offering.
You press play and your in the movie, not 5 minutes of marketing.
A digital copy that you can watch anywhere without restriction.
Content they feel doesn’t have enough market to justify the “cost” of making it available, where the costs most often are because of the lawyers and agreements trying to get an extra penny for music, images, etc.
A copy of something they would stream on the service they are paying for, because the ISP seems to always have problems delivering content from a competitors service but not their own.
Perhaps it is time for a bill of rights for people who purchase IP offerings, and stop the abuse of customers.
If we stopped allowing every insane new idea, maybe they would have to adapt to the new markets.
The property is imaginary, and the rights we let them think they have are from the darkest part of the imagination.