techdirt raises an interesting question, and one which should be pondered by any content-producing media conglomerates hoping to take advantage of the newfangled Intertubes:
At issue is NBC’s decision to dissolve its relationship with iTunes, which was the only place in cyberspace that people could actually pay for re-runs of My Name is Earl instead of downloading them illegally.
The end result? NBC Universal, for all their worries about “piracy,” just made life much more difficult for legitimate purchasers, most likely driving some of them to experiment with unauthorized downloads, just to get the content they would have happily paid for.
techdirt also astutely points out that the companies making the most noise about “piracy” of their content are often the same ones treating paying customers like criminals.