Movie studios vs. their customers Part 2

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 1, 2006
Updated • Feb 23, 2014

Just a few weeks ago I was reporting that Universal Studios was receiving it's revenue share from every Zune player sold, and asked you to consider this before buying a Zune player. This sets a precedent which could very well lead to something that Universal, and other movie studios, want: revenue share of every media player that is being sold. Apparently they were quick to act.

Reuters reports that Universal Group Chief Executive Doug Morris wants to negotiate royalty fees with Apple Computer Inc. as well. Depending on the outcome, it may mean that all iPod owners may pay extra fees just like Zune owners do. The money wanders straight in the coffers of music and movie rights holders and organizations.

This means that customers are paying compensation fees in advance for something that they probably never do with their media players. It is also interesting to note that some customers seem to see this advanced piracy tax as justification to copy media, since they are already paying for it in first place. That is however not the case.

Movie Studios are also demanding that Apple reduces the number of devices that are allowed to play back a movie that has been purchased from iTunes.

I think it is really funny that companies become more and more restrictive against customers that are buying their movies. Would not it be better for their business if they would actually listen to what their customers demand instead of shooting against all their customers and behaving as if everyone was copying media?

Customers on the other hand have to take a stance against this, the earlier the better. I advise everyone to stay away from the Zune player and stay away from any other player the movie industry gets a share of. Don't buy it, don't buy their movies, let them bleed until they understand who is in charge..


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