Streaming Services Solving the Piracy Paradigm

For the last few decades music and media mogels have been fighting the fulling tide of the ease of transfer of digital content. In many accounts they have have taken technology as an enemy in efforts to maintain the producer-consumer monetary relationship. By not embracing new models and condeming users, many music industries have effectively shot themselves in the foot and perhaps lost out on more lucrative opportunities. With influxes of new technology comes the potential for piracy, but also seeds new opportunity and business models. Fighting change quickly depricates current methods and ostrasizing users alienates customers. Transferring copyrighted content is illegal, but there must be a some means to place a value on content to solve the piracy paradigm.
Enter the streaming model of distribution. It’s not that users seek to hoarde their digital content–they seek to experience it, listen to it, watch it, read it, and use it. Increased connectivity has brought with it ever better methods of distribution and segmentation. The successful model for both the music industry and the movie industry will be the streaming service based system.
Netflix is burying out-dated distribution models of the conventional movie rental store. iTunes has been providing tv shows and music since it’s advent. The genius will be in the distribution. By centralizing content serverside, individuals can buy content through subscription and service and view content on any device regardless of screen size or storage capability. The new model moving forward will be a ubiquitous system that can feed content on demand and will store everything ready stream to 4G-enabled phones, laptop screens, or home theatre tvs simply by logging in.

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