do you want more frickin’ pirates?

11/3/06 at 1:10 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog entry:

How frustrating is it, particularly if you’re tech-savvy, to be willing to shell out good money for digital content, only to be stymied by the fact that this online service isn’t available yet in your country?

I’m sure many users across Asia are experiencing this, just as I’m sure many Internet users are using BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer apps to download files, many of them illegally.

By denying users a legal alternative for downloading content, are companies just encouraging more people to become pirates?
I’m really torn over this because while years ago I made a public stand against piracy and stopped buying bootleg discs of any form–whether games, apps, music or movies–I also think DRM as it exists today is mostly stupid. And what’s an even more bitter pill to swallow is that even when you’re willing to play by the rules, it so happens they don’t want you to be part of the game.

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  1. The Philippines is way down the geographic Long Tail of digital content consumers, but there are many countries like the Philippines. The future belongs to companies willing to go down that tail.

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