Sounds like they're playing right into the hands of the patent trolls... The whole point seems to be to hope someone accidentally infringes so they can go after them later. I thought the goal of the patent system was to foster innovation. How does this do anything but impede it?
An unnamed representative from another firm contacted by Mr. Digati said later, "We would have turned him in ourselves, but his threat got caught in our spam filter."
The clear goldfish allows observers to see the tiny fish's beating heart, which allows scientists to observe living creatures and reduces the numbers of dissections. I wonder when they will start to make transparent humans."
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Some interesting points to think about:
- You make a film called "The XYZ Picture"
- Millions of people download "The XYZ Picture" and see it for free without paying you a dime
- Most of these millions of people wouldn't have paid to see in the first place. Lets say a few thousand that would have paid to see your picture don't because they found it for free yes, this costs you real money
- Some of these millions decide to see it in theaters for various reasons:
- it's more fun to go see it in a large groups with their friends
- The prefer a big theater viewing experience
- or maybe they just like the over-buttered movie theater popcorn
and many of these people wouldn't have even known about your movie unless they found it online for free This is money you got from movie piracy that you wouldn't have gotten if it couldn't be downloaded
- many of these millions tell the friends about it, and they go to the theater to see your movie. again more money you got from free movie piracy as advertising
- Many of these millions decide that your movie isn't good enough, or worth the time / effort to go see in theaters, but they really liked it or want to see all your behind the scenes stuff, so they decide to buy or rent the movie on DVD when it comes out These are even MORE sales you can attribute to free movie piracy as advertising
And here is the very delicate and sensitive philosophical question
- Do the few thousand movie tickets you lost in sales to piracy cost you more than...
- ...the many thousand more tickets you sold because of the free advertising that movie piracy provided?
I honestly think this comes down to those movie makers who make really mediocre films being afraid that they'll loose their shirts to those movie makers that produce quality content that thrives on word of mouth advertising.
What do you think?
Hmm... This is the initial announcement I found from Sept 24, 2002... Back before the project was renamed Firebird, then FireFox
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