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Nicole Spag
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Podcaster, gamer and a whole bunch of other stuff
Podcaster, gamer and a whole bunch of other stuff

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It's all mine!!!! :)
VIDEO: Jewelry Box with Gary Rogowski!

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This is so awesome & the theme to my day. Strongbad forever!

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3 hours to go and less than $2000 to raise! This is a nail biter! If you haven't already back this awesome project from +Brian Ibbott & Covervile #marvel #DC #jazz Records! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coverville/andrew-allen-trio-the-music-of-marvel-and-dc?ref=discovery

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Starting the week off right :)

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Had  a great time on DTNS with +Tom Merritt  yesterday talking about VR, iPads for babies & a few other things :) Daily Tech News Show - Mar. 19, 2014

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We talked about Popcorn Time on TMS this morning. David summarizes what I was trying to say perfectly.
#Popcorntime #Piracy 

I was listening to +The Morning Stream  this morning, and they got into a debate about the program Popcorn Time, and I had an immediate flashback to all of arguments that I used to get in about piracy. I remember these arguments predating Napster, and after years of paying attention to the various markets since then, I have to say that piracy is ultimately a great way to jump start technology and innovation.

Music:
When we look at Napster, we can draw a straight and bold line to iTunes (which would have never worked without the previous threat of Napster). And, then to Spotify and similar services. The threat of getting nothing for content drove the industry to actually listen to the consumer.

Games:
There was a huge piracy problem with games, dating back to the earliest of disks in a plastic bag distribution systems. Then, Steam came along and proved that the average consumer didn't want to steal, they just wanted a fairer price. And, they wanted a distribution system that would actually store their data in one place so that if they lost page 9, paragraph 4 of their instruction manual, they could actually play their game (the older gamers among you will recognize the reference). From Steam spawned Origin, Uplay, GOG, Gamersgate, and other, lesser distribution systems. Steam remains on top because they care about the gamer first, and actually reflect the market and the consumer's demands. 

Movies / TV:
Movies and TV have also suffered from piracy, but they responded in a different way. They decided that they would each fend for themselves, like some bad dystopian Zombie flick. They started spinning off services faster than Law and Order shows. We got Netflix, Hulu, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Cable, Hitbliss, epix, Crackle, Redbox Instant, etc. Each one of them showing a little bit of this, a little bit of that... but no one service having everything. This fracturing has led to a HUGE customer dissatisfaction. The only way a program like Popcorn Time can thrive is if it fills a need that is not being met by the market. Since it does exist, and is doing what it does so incredibly well, the Movie / TV industry will have to adapt very quickly to answer this new threat. They could be extremely stupid, and do what the RIAA did when they were threatened by Napster (countless lawsuits against individuals, and making the public despise them), or do what the gaming market did and listen to the customers and make something that answered that particular piracy threat. The legality of Popcorn Time doesn't matter as much as the question it presents. What problem is it solving that the Movie / TV industry isn't, and what can they do to solve that problem instead, and make a profit (even if smaller) as part of the solution? Without piracy, these problems wouldn't even be addressed. Whenever the customer sticks to the status quo, and just eat what's being force fed to them, the entertainment industry doesn't have to move an inch toward fixing these problems. Without piracy, you will never get innovation. 
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