For the past many years now, I’ve become increasingly interested in new distribution models for film and television. It’s been clear for quite some time that the old models are unsustainable. They’re still generating high amounts of revenue, but theatrical viewership is on a steep decline and at home models like Netflix just don’t quite work for the long run where libraries subsidize the distributor. Not to mention they take a HUGE portion of the pie.
The system I’m proposing doesn’t resolve piracy, but it hopefully battles it, like how streaming services have been doing for music and movies, and allows for a more sustainable model. This would require a service such as Maidsafe, a service where files and bandwidth are decentralized and distributed.
What if there was a system that worked as follows:
The file itself acts as the distributor.
You the movie file you want to watch. When you play it, the file pulls pre-determined micropayments in Safecoin, so you pay as you watch. You can bail if you’re not digging it and have only paid for what you watched. These numbers are determined by the team distributing the film, and since there’s no real overhead on distro, it’s hopefully the creators themselves.
So, the money you are paying is passed through an autonomous payment system that distributes the funds in percentages to the cast and crew based on legal terms agreed upon prior to the films release/encryption. 10% to Bob, 5% to Nancy, .5% to Steve. Essentially tying up the contract, payment, and distribution into one neat little system.
Much like we have contractual systems now for the distribution of funds, we build these contracts beforehand (before the film has even started production). These contracts would be hardcoded into the file. People below the line are paid for their work as contractors while the people above the line, those traditionally making royalties on the film or TV, would receive their funds to their Safecoin account.
So again, the movie is it’s own contract and payment system.
Let me know what you think of this sort of system. Could a system like this exist, and on the MaidSafe network?