Posted March 23, 2007 6:03 pm by with 5 comments

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Microsoft’s video site, Soapbox, launched in September, has temporarily closed to new users. This comes in response to the (inevitable) video piracy on the site.

As a part of the NBC/News Corp/AOL deal in the works, Microsoft is trying to ensure that videos they’ll be paid to distribute won’t simultaneously be pirated on their video site. Think that ever happens on YouTube?

Or maybe the move has something to do with a certain $1 billion lawsuit.

My question is: how does not letting new pirates sign up help deter present piracy? Part of the answer, though certainly not all of it, is a partnership with Audible Magic, the same company charged with detering piracy on Google and MySpace.

Via Cnet.

  • The problem remains that piracy (intellectual sharing?) has always been around, ever since the first caveman uttered a word and the second caveman copied it. Regulation has tried to keep up with this, but has done a pretty poor job in my opinion. Unless media companies learn to embrace this model, I think they’re in for a rough ride.

  • Owen, I agree.. but like you said this problem has been around for a very long time!.. obviously its on a much larger scale these days, but the problem remains the same.. and I think it will be a rough ride, but like everything else before it – somehow piracy will always prevail.

  • I wonder what sociologists argue about piracy. There are probably motives more powerful than greed at play here; certainly there’s an element of competitiveness, ego-boosting and a good old-fashioned dose of “Let’s give it to the Man” that comes into play in these scenarios

  • Jordan McCollum

    My husband has a degree in sociology; I’ll ask him when he gets home.

  • *chuckle* .. keep us posted