Interesting Links and 9 things about Piracy and Stuff

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Ars article about ebooks industry. I like to read and I think ebooks is a cheaper alternatives to conventional printed books. Plus ebooks are enviromental friendly.

Article about piracy:

From Tim O’reilly, we got few articles.

The Spore DRM Disaster. From readwriteweb and Tim O’Reilly.

I get a lot of thinking about this piracy things, both from consumer or producer point of view. That’s what I think:

  1. Piracy is indeed a crime. But publisher can think that as business risk and advertisement. Seems absurd, but think about it, people don’t pirate obsecure books, they pirate popular ones, and think it as massive free samples with a hope that few percent from those pirates go to buy legitimate copy. However, business won’t run with hope right? They need money.
  2. In Indonesia and other developing countries, people pirate things because the legitimate copy is either too expensive or too obsecure. I will go to teather for 15 thousand, but why buying the same legal DVD cost me ten times more? This is absurd business system. And then the problem with my interest on old movies. It is easier to find it in Glodok than Disc Tara, par example.
  3. In US and other developed country however, piracy happens because buying legitimate digital copy are harder than their pirated counterparts. Now, this what I called absurd.
  4. Root for this trouble is Company itself, why price of one CD and price for download online music is about the same? Shouldn’t digital copy be cheaper? there are no distributin cost, per CD cost, only bandwidth cost, or in physical digital store (I find this phrase oxymoron) no cost at all. Those greedy bastards need to change the way they do business.
  5. For software, I think they need to give special discounted price for their software license in this country. Offering the same price in developing countries and developed countries leads to major scale piracy, we simply can’t afford it. I say software price at 2-5 times more expensive than their illegal copies in Glodok lead to more sales than BSA threat. Exception for enterprise software. But this is another matter for now.
  6. Those stupid pirates store in Glodok need to learn one or two things about Linux. People won’t buy Linux if cost 150thousand when you can take it for free in Internet and only 40 thousand rupiah (or less) in official Linux store. In Ubuntu case, you can order the CD at no cost. Illegal copies that more expensive than its legal counterparts? This is absurd.
  7. Legal ebooks in Indonesia? Not in foreseeable future. Gigapedia here I come.
  8. Book publisher need to find cheaper way to sell International books in their bookstore. Few hundred thousand for a international book compared to their cheaper translated counterpart, it’s absurd. Paper price in Indonesia is cheaper than in US, book publisher need use those to their advantage and reduce international book price by reprint it in Indonesia instead of importing directly from US.
  9. Elexmedia and other comics publisher need to find a way too increase release speed for their comic translation, or potential consumer ended up downloading scanlation version of their comics.
  10. There are few business model I think for reducing game piracy, but we’ll talk about it later.
  11. There are also few opinions about piracy, but for now just this.

Fiuh… that’s all for today.

Any comments?

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Posted on 6 Februari, 2009, in experience, IT, writting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Komentar.

  1. Izinkan saya mengeluarkan kutipan ini:

    There are companies that thrive on piracy. One of them is named Adobe. While they’re publicly against piracy, they are very happy that 14-year olds download Photoshop. Because that means that they grow up knowing and learning Photoshop, and then they’ll want their employer to pay for licenses for it when they move out to the employed world.

  2. Those stupid pirates store in Glodok need to learn one or two things about Linux. People won’t buy Linux if cost 150thousand when you can take it for free in Internet and only 40 thousand rupiah (or less) in official Linux store. In Ubuntu case, you can order the CD at no cost. Illegal copies that more expensive than its legal counterparts? This is absurd.

    Saya ngakak baca tulisan ini.😆

  3. Izinkan saya memberi kutipan ini lagi:

    “The best attack on piracy is to offer quality and value.”

  4. @Geddoe:

    Euh, yang pertama saya kutip dari seorang member di forum Penny Arcade, yang kedua dari seorang komentator di BoingBoing; noone’s important lah.😛

  5. @catshade
    Software piracy is a whole different matter from Music, Movie or Book piracy.

    Because that means that they grow up knowing and learning Photoshop, and then they’ll want their employer to pay for licenses for it when they move out to the employed world.

    That’s the main reason why MS giving away their Windows to Indonesian Campus through MCSA (not exactly give away, but they have generous license fee). Welcome to world lead by enterprise.😈

    @disc-co
    Saya trenyuh. Well, illegal copy bukan kata yang tepat, tapi….
    Damn it! Masakan mereka nggak ngerti Debian itu apa?

    @abu geddoe
    Sauce?
    *ngasih kecap*

  6. piracy itu halal… asal gak ketahuan😀

  7. komen poin 9 deh,
    saya masih tetep ngikutin komik legal terbitan mereka kok, molor atopun ngga, sepanjang masuk selera saya
    bahkan kalopun ada manga yg sudah saya baca scanlation-nya bakal diterbitin secara legal, kalo memang saya suka ya kemungkinan bakal saya beli jg, buat koleksi😉

  8. @ dnial | Arm

    Problemnya adalah seringkali barang orisinil dan bajakannya itu tak bisa dibilang serupa. Scanlation itu secara teknis memang bajakannya komik, tapi barangnya berbeda. Yang satu kertas, yang satu digital. Saya donlot scanlation juga ga melulu karena pengen gratisan, tapi ya juga karena saya pengen yang digital.😕

    Beda dengan, misalnya, bajakan versi cetak atau versi digital yang resmi.

  9. @arm and geddoe

    Arm adalah contoh penggemar komik sejati. Saya hanya penikmat.😛
    Kalau pengen yang digital, beli cetak trus discan sendiri, bro.

    @mardun
    Untung belum ada penegakan hukum di level individual.😛

  10. I will go to teather for 15 thousand, but why buying the same legal DVD cost me ten times more?

    Apalagi kalo masbro tinggal di kota yang gak ada bioskopnya seperti disini.😛
    Ini belum lagi menyinggung sensor yang pasti ada di film rilisan resmi lokal. Cih, dirating aja kenapa sih?😕

    Kalau pengen yang digital, beli cetak trus discan sendiri, bro.

    Komik rilisan Elex itu sudah gak ada SFX-nya lagi. Gambarnya jadi ‘beda’. Selain itu repot, tentu saja.😛
    Saya pernah dapat satu CD isi scan nyaris lengkap dari komik CityHunter terbitan Rajawali Grafiti, isinya benar2 seburam aslinya.😐

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