Blocking Mickey Mouse? Way to go, Disney!

A few days ago I saw a post in Daring Fireball linking to a video from Disney titled Mickey Mouse in Yodelberg. I didn't have time to watch it then, so I saved it for later.

Today I sat down with my 3 year old daughter and wanted to show her the video. This is what I got:

Really? How is blocking a Mickey Mouse short outside the U.S. a good idea? I'm in Australia and this happens often (e.g. the WB) and it annoys me every time. I bet this encourages piracy way more than it prevents it.

Will the new iPad increase photo piracy? [Link]

Over at my photography site I published a short article titled Will the new iPad increase photo piracy?

I've been thinking about this lately because the Retina display on the new iPad is effectively the equivalent of a 3.1 megapixel image at 2048-by-1536 resolution. This means that we'll be publishing fairly hi-res images online now that are not only big enough for web use, but for print as well. I think it's relevant to readers here as well. Apologies for the self-promotion.

The Oatmeal on trying to watch Game of Thrones

This comic strip from the The Oatmeal titled I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened is brilliant.

Talk about encouraging piracy!

The media companies really don't get it. I've mentioned before how dumb they can be sometimes by restricting access to content people want and are willing to pay for with the hopes of maintaining the business model they know.

It won't work. It hasn't worked for the music industry, it clearly hasn't worked for the newspaper industry, and I'd be willing to bet it won't work for TV either. The Internet just changes everything.

Seth Godin explained it in an article titled ubiquity.

Seth Godin on Ubiquity

There's a lot of talk about the recent agreement between Netflix and Warner Brothers in which customers cannot rent new titles from Warner Brothers until 56 days after physical copies go on sale.

I believe this is a really dumb move from Warner Brothers and shame on Netflix for bending over and accepting it. It's pretty much the opposite of what customers want, and people will always find a way to get what they want.

Warner Brothers probably thinks they'll sell more DVD's to those that absolutely want to watch the movie the day it hits retail. I think they're just encouraging piracy. And pissing off potential customers.

Seth Godin explains it best in a piece titled Ubiquity:

The music industry got confused about this and decided that people merely wanted to steal music. What’s clear now from the rise of iTunes as well as ad and subscriber-supported services like Spotify is that people will happily pay as long as it brings most everything along for the ride.

And Netflix shows us that subscriptions are generally more welcomed than a la carte sales.

Into this world walks the MPAA, the movie business and the folks who make books.

And once again, there’s the same mistake: they think piracy is the problem. It’s not. The problem is that these providers are doing nothing to embrace ubiquity, because their heritage is all about scarcity.

I believe that most people don't want to steal stuff. They just want easy access to stuff at a reasonable price. The more barriers we put, the more tempting piracy becomes. In effect, these type of actions encourage piracy.

A good example is what we get when going to the Warner Brothers website from Australia. As I said before, the WB fail, bittorrent win. Dumb.