November 23, 2009 | By Fred von Lohmann

DVD Customers are Not DVD Pirates

I've published an op-ed over at The Wrap, a leading blog for Hollywood insiders. It makes the point that Hollywood's attacks on DVD innovators (RealDVD, Kaleidescape, Redbox) amount to an attack on legitimate DVD customers who are trying to pay for content that they could almost as easily download for free from unauthorized sources. So, when Hollywood complains about "piracy," some of that is a self-inflicted wound:

But much of what Hollywood calls “piracy” may actually be consumer demand going unmet by legitimate supply. All too frequently, it is Hollywood’s own stubborn unwillingness to give law-abiding customers what they want that drives many of them to search out unauthorized alternatives. Consider Hollywood’s attitude toward DVDs. ... Hollywood has been working overtime to make the DVD less attractive, less convenient and more expensive for law-abiding customers.


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