I have been asked my opinions on this before and I have studied this at length and I have found a solution.
First, lets talk music. Why is the music industry tanked? Good question, simple answer. The music industry actually peaked in the 1960’s when there was no internet, video games etc. There was radio and there were personalities on the radio like the Real Don Steel and Wolfman Jack. Likewise TV Soap Operas were coming into their own as well and then there were the movies and the heroes. The networks have all but killed the soap operas to save a few bucks, who needs TV viewers anymore when you can have mindless zombies from the third world watching for nothing.
The music industry Rap, Hip Hop and more cRAP and this is what they sell the kids, “F” word and all. Then there was Napster and the others who followed, and when those got shut down, it became Youtube, and then finally the RIAA began a losing battle until today music tunes are all over. Take one site or account down and one hundred new ones go up. Then there are movies.
Youtube accounts and movies. Then there were torrents, a kind of giant file that contains a movie and my ebooks as well. It took hundreds of hours or more to author an ebook and POOF! Gone to a bit torrent as they call em. And who do you prosecute for copyright violation, a person named “The Sleeper” who used a dozen or more proxy servers in Kazakstan to mask their trails.
Ah, the movies. The internet and forget youtube. There are so many sites that now have the latest as well as the oldest movie flicks, no wonder the Tinselturds and Hollysluts are crying from a lack of work and it doesn’t just affect them. I have a neighbor, a great guy who makes a living sound editing, just got laid off. Yes they hired a younger person, go figure with Hollywood’s age discrimination huh.
So what do we have here with the internet? A massive distribution system for content in the 21st century. From an outsider, this looks quite ominous, but it might be doable to turn this to a major advantage.
When you think about it, all of the current pirate sites now breaking the laws of many countries and copyright holders, myself included since I publish ebooks, have setup a massive worldwide distribution system for entertainment products. Take one site down, one hundred new ones go up, it is infinite, so what’s an entertainment industry to do?
Goto every ISP, every producer of media content products and tax em! Charge an internet entertainment access fee on the monthly gain. Doesn’t have to be big, let every country set into it and pool the monies globally. In return, legalize the many distribution sites and let them distribute, music, ebooks, movies, TV shows etc. and pay the original copyright holders monthly royalties. Set up a content committee to evaluate the entertainment values of products and how long royalties go for. Speed up the copyright to public domain world wide so after a period of time the public gets older materials spurring a yearn for new materials and entertainment art products.
Sounds impossible, but if you look at it as half the battle solved of how to distribute, by thinking 21st century you could fill an old comment my dad used to make. “How do you get rid of your enemies? You make em your friends.” Take the pirates of the world and embrace them, use them, their mass distribution of their product and tax every internet ISP user around the globe. Metro provides free net access, tax metro too. Conservative friends will cringe at my posting this, but there truly is no other working solution to the continued FREE flow of entertainment media but what I have laid out here. You can shut sites down and prosecute people, but there are a hundred more to take their place and one other thing to consider.
When you shut down bad guys in the public, your entertainment customers become pissed off. So it is a lose-lose situation. With distribution in place, illegally albeit, there is a fix which is to get paid for your work and this system is that fix. Otherwise, I am afraid to state, Hollywood is going the way of the RIAA and music and eventually the DoDo Bird.