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February 18, 2005
It's a shame those UK viewers are so...
Reuters piece (here on CNET) indicating that the UK is the biggest market for TV downloads. Oops, did I say 'market?' Silly me, that would imply someone was trying to meet consumer demand. No, this is not a market, friends. This is a "wave of illicit activity," or somesuch balderdash.
My guess is that we'll see the usual pattern of meretricious Cartel behavior. First, they'll deny it's a problem. Then they'll scream it's a huge problem and demand immediate legislation. At the same time they'll sue their customers, all the while clinging to outdated business models that are based on the absurd notion that the flow of electrons on a wire will obligingly stop at a national border. This will be followed by a wave of public FUD, the suing of several innovative small companies into oblivion or lapdog-like obeisance (vis iMesh).
About ten years later they'll finally launch something that might approximate what BitTorrent was doing two years ago, at sky-high prices. The failure of this commercial petit mal will be named as evidence that there never really was much of a market anyway. That is, unless Apple beats them to the punch.
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