Dear America, don’t you want my money?

I don’t get it, you are in the middle of a recession, times are tough. I want to buy your stuff, but you make it hard, impossible or illegal to give it to you….

You make it hard with laws like the patriot act meaning adoption of some of your services is tricky due to my own laws.

You make it impossible by not launching your services to us, the other 95% of the worlds population,

You make it illegal,  by creating artificial barriers to me giving you money.

Why? Why do you do that?  Surely a much bigger market is a good thing?  The Internet connects us all, we are now all your market.  Why keep us out?

Honestly right now it feels like apartheid (yes racial separation), we outsiders can all look in. We’ve got our faces pressed up against the glass window of the shop. We can see how the other half lives and what they can buy…

So I ask again, America, don’t you want my money?

3 thoughts on “Dear America, don’t you want my money?

  1. I can relate so much to this. The Internet removes barriers to reaching a global market, yet people erect invisible walls and segregate IP address by geographic location.

    I have to jump through hoops to ship my Amazon Kindle to my country. I have to jump through hoops to buy Kindle books. I have to jump through hoops to buy DRM-free music.

    I was recently able to purchase from Amazon MP3, but recently, they seem to add geo-IP at the purchase point, so that’s gone for me. The iTunes store seems the most non-US friendly, as it doesn’t care about IP, just as long as you have a US store account (which you can create by purchasing an iTunes US gift card at various places online).

  2. I believe lots of services such as Netflix that deal with content run into problems when negotiating the use of the content within different countries. Lot’s of times, the company that produced the content, i.e. a movie, doesn’t hold the rights in a different country. Rather they sell the rights to a locally-based distribution company to handle it, such things make it hard for a company like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple to negotiate around.

    • Hi Ian, I agree with how this comes about, but the reality is that most of those movie companies (and this is a guess) made a deliberate decision to control content release…thru zones, DRM or legal frameworks…. And (again, a guess) but my feeling is most are US based… Why? I would love to pay both the distributor (netflix) and the owner (the movie company) to view their stuff…

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