free (supported by ingames ads) downloads ~4million
I got a disproportionately high reward. copyright did not help - it's to stop people from copying for free - which people were doing and seeming to increase my sales in the process. To be frank - the system is mad, if copyright terms were closer to ~5 years
A Much better model than copyright is kinda obvious. Collect enough money to do the job in advance - it's getting even easier these days. We could do with a decent "OpenStarter" - Like kickstarter but more democratic - resulting on only FOSS, and without taking such a cut (0% cut with a p2p openstarter).
Problem is - many people make money off copyright think stuff like "yes, this is wrong, but I like money, and it is socially acceptable - so lets keep it this way!" There is also alot of thought along the lines of "Wow, I've earnd loads of money! I must be amazing - look at all the stupid people working hard for less reward" and many more streams of thought along similar lines.
Minimal copyright has some merit - our system today has evolved to increase disparity in wealth and get the majority to work for the gain of a few, thanking them for it at the same time. A much more advanced system to get people to do your bidding than directly threatining them (which happens too).
- it could have decent search on the device
- it could launch websites, and login
- auto login to websites
- launch apps and login?
It's pure anicdote - but I made a somewhat popular little android called "Wheelz" - the day I put it up on demonoid (and TPB) my sales, and ad-supported downloads doubled.
"As an aside – more than 20x as many people have downloaded the full version of my game Wheelz (from TPB or other “piracy” websites) rather than bought it. And yet as I see it, it has never been stolen! In fact I would go as far as to say it has never even been infringed! And that’s because I uploaded it, giving my permission for other to download the full version for free, shortly after putting it on the android market for a profit.
Why? Well – why not? Popular games will be pirated anyway (no amount of DRM will stop that – although it is likely to destroy any enjoyment the game previously offered), there’s no stopping that. I thought it may lower my sales, but was a nice ethical thing to do
What happened? My sales doubled! and I received thousands of kind messages!"
I suspect, often someone downloads the free full version from demonoid, shows it to their friends, and on of them buys it.
I can't help but wonder... why am I watching a NASA video where the crater's falling on the moon makes sound in a vacuum?
I know it's artistic license and all, but aren't videos like this reserved for nerds, who actually care about things like accuracy?
Just press the Mute button if it bothers you =P