Movie donations

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People illegally download movies all the time. This paved the way for services like Netflix, but also spawned Intellectual Property wars. Companies spend huge sums of money trying to prosecute any IP pirate they can get their hands on. But what if we could bring these two groups together, and create a more relaxed and open landscape? The solution: movie donations.

Let's say I know a guy that has been downloading movies all his life. He doesn't have a DVD-player or whatever it is people use these days. No Netflix, because he also wants access to old movies and Bollywood. He downloads these movies and just freaking loves them. What can he do to give back to its creators?  Nothing! For some movies, he says, he would give 50 bucks easily just to show the creators how the movie changed his life. "Here is some cash please make more of this amazing art," he wants to say. But he can't. Because movie donations don't exist yet.

Now imagine IMDB with donation options for movies and series. You click it, it flaps open, and you get your options, Humble Bundle style. How much do you want to give? 20 bucks? That's cool. Do you want to specify how many goes to the production team, IMDB or charity? No problem. That's right, part of it goes to charity. There is your reputation boost right there. Boom. Everybody wins.

IMDB visits a production company. Sup guys, how about some free money? Get a subscription to our new service. You never pay more than what comes in. What's that? Free reputation boost because you can brag about charity? Hellz yeah. How about a "donate the money of a movie ticket, and we won't prosecute if we find you downloading our stuff illegally"? You'll be one of the first progressive companies making millions of that sweet donation money and come out a star.

Other companies get a whiff of what's going on and now everybody jumps on the free money bandwagon. IMDB making millions. The playing field of IP wars changes. Companies crowdfunding new movies everybody wants to create. Charity income booms. Everybody calls me a genius. I get an award for best idea ever. People make a movie about me. Donate money to it. Part of it goes to me. I sip them fruit juices on the beach. Life is one big party guys. Come on. Let's make a movie donation button.

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Sipke

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  • like a rockstar on cocaine

Posted 5 months ago

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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Obviously!!!!!!!!!

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Jeorj Euler

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He made "rock star" into one word with no hyphen, like Rockstar Games.
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MAthePA

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Don't you think this good idea be wrong placed for IMDb since it is owned by Amazon, and the latter provides e-shopping but not donating services?
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Sipke

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I chose IMDB because I think they have the platform and the infrastructure to make such a thing work. It's indeed not Amazon's normal business strategy, but Amazon has a history of getting into new market opportunities, such as cloud services. Crowdfunding and donation services are booming right now so it might be a nice addition to their business portfolio.
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Horst

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lulz
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Jeorj Euler

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Well, this is more complicated than it may seem.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Well, this is more seemly and complicated.