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Shall We Pity the Entertainment Industry?

It may be hard to say yes or no, but what the SOPA debate and others like it have come down to is this:

1. The current media distribution model is not working for some companies.
2. They perceive their model as failing because of illegal acts.
3. These so called illegal acts are so pervasive that everyone and their brother has taken part of them on occasion, if not often, for almost a decade.

So do we then:
A. Ask the government to step in and help these companies implement their ideal business model with more crackdowns and legislation?
or
B. Allow the market, or some other force, to make these companies accept the current reality and either adjust and create a new model that is profitable or simply parish the way of the horse buggy and cassette tape?

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    Mar 16 2012: The motive of any industry is to earn a profit. When their profit is being eaten through any means, they will obviously try to stop it.

    Creating media is not an easy task. Lots of money and effort is put into it. We can't just expect them to give their content away for free. I think SOPA came out of the media industry's sheer frustration at being helpless.

    On the other hand, I do believe that media companies should try to adapt to the changing consumer demands rather than trying to coerce them into their path.
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        Mar 16 2012: Do you know how many people rely on the media industry? From technicians to directors, millions of people depend on the media industry for their livelihood directly or indirectly. Piracy is hurting their livelihoods.

        I am not saying SOPA in its present form is right. I was merely pointing out one of the reasons for its existence.

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