yesterday i learned a lesson i already knew about proprietary software
i plugged in my old iPad and asked it to download some episodes of Behind the Attraction to watch on the plane
then i put it in my bag and eventually boarded. once we got to 10,000 feet, i pulled out my iPad and was greeted with, "Please go to the App Store to update Disney+"
except, of course, i was in the air on a regional jet with no wireless, and i didn't need that update anyway because i just wanted to watch downloaded episodes!
anyway piracy is in every way better and more ethical than using subscription streaming services
@meena well, the Big Player in this space has realized long ago, quite correctly, that to retain economic dominance, it needs to create and enforce new forms of scarcity, to offset loss of gains from all the "lower-level" value generation it has offshored.
IP laws are, at the core, forcing existence of a market economy that wouldn't naturally be stable - an economic equivalent of magnetic confinement, in which you use magnetic fields to trap energetic particles that really want to be elsewhere.
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