That makes sense.
I agree that most people when faced with the option of paying the real owner/creator vs the copier would opt for the real owner. Especially in this model in which yes, the option is to PAY one or the other a small amount, neither is free.
So I suppose the only wrinkle that might still prevent fair payment would be making sure the choice is easy to make in the first place… that this moral decision is easy for them to make.
I could imagine a scenario in which video content is somewhat decentralized… various content creators are setting up shop on their various pages just like the battling Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo model… in this situation some jerk swirls in with a hugely popular site, full of pirated content. His supermarket draws interest and popularity because his stockpile of films draw more searches and have built in viewership as opposed to my little lemonade stand with the three films I’ve made. So if, 5 years down the line, I manage to make a cult classic or a break out indie, he has the store that it would end up on… as it’s the site people go to looking for content.
Now on a more positive note, I can also picture a scenario that might be more advantageous. Maybe this is what you were already thinking of. It’s less like a Netflix model and more like youtube… a google for film. It’s a vehicle through which users search for video content, mine yours, the piraters etc.
So when the user searches for my film it pops up twice in the searches once as my upload and once as the pirates upload. I think that scenario easily gives the user the choice to do right.
… well, almost.
The only problem that comes to mind right now is, what stops the pirate from doing his best to appear to be the copyright holder?
Perhaps that just comes with shame/ downvoting/ reviews/ comments. As you said, more often than not the rights holder would be the first to upload.
Anyways, sorry for talking these scenarios out. I am in the industry as well, positioned far faaar on the periphery at the moment and working my way in.
So, while I must admit I am a bit hypocritical and am not as worried for the copyright holders of Ironman 3 as I am the thing I loved most at the last film fest I was at, these models are very interesting to me also.
I doubt Paramount et all will want to stream like this even after some of the first wave of adopters, since I doubt the coin would be valued enough to compete with what they’d already be making off of deals with
So some pirated will likely be profiting off of Ironman 3 and will probably draw a ton of traffic to the concept as well as bad press.
The story really wouldn’t be so unlike the Kim Dotcom debacle only thankfully no individual will own MAIDSAFE such that they’d be profiting off of the content being uploaded and shared.
Sorry for the ramblings! thanks for your interesting posts!