Wil Wheaton agrees with me.  Piracy is caused by the entertainment industry.

The following interview was filmed after the Eureka panel at ComicCon.  Wil Wheaton describes why he feels that piracy is caused by the lack of will of the entertainment industry to provide reasonable alternatives and get rid of shitty DRM:

Wil Wheaton: As soon as the entertainment industry provides an alternative to bit-torrent — or an alternative to piracy — that makes it easy for honest people to get access to the program, then the piracy dries up.

Gabe Newell [CEO of Valve] says that pirates provide better customer service. How many times have you paid for a DRM license for something and the server goes down, or you travel across the border? I rented some episodes on Amazon of Doctor Who: when I went to Canada — I paid for them in America; I live in America — they say â??you canâ??t watch it anymore because youâ??re not in America anymore.â? That made me angry because I was being honest; I was an honest person. If I had stolen it, I would be watching it.

I love that Syfy puts episodes of Eureka online for people to watch; I love that TNT puts episodes of Leverage online for people to watch.

WW: There are two classes of people in the world:  there are people who will never pay for anything, no matter what — youâ??re never going to get them.

Colin Ferguson: [jokingly] Yeah, thatâ??s me.

Then thereâ??s people that will pay for something — and want to. You just have to make it easy for them — and reasonable.

I think that, very slowly, we are dragging the entertainment industry up — theyâ??re about up to 1997 now — and theyâ??re slow.

Colin Ferguson: They are slow. They mean well.

WW: They do mean well. We just have to bring them to the future, where we live, and show them how awesome it is.

CF: But it is frustrating that youâ??re not allowed to watch the stuff that you want to watch.

WW: Itâ??s crazy!

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