My online DVD store was broken for months due to technical issues behind my ability to fix. I had to take the step of shutting it down and rebuilding it from scratch. A royal pain. Some aspects of the layout and design are still underway, but it’s all functional and seems to be working properly now. My sincere apologies to anyone who suffered frustration trying to order a DVD. And thanks to those who persevered and brought the problem to my attention.
My web store at costabotes.co.nz is busted. Has been for months thanks to the site host changing software and not informing me. It’s thrown a giant spanner in the works. Anyone who has tried to purchase DVDs will have experienced great frustration at checkout. For which I sincerely apologise. Not my fault, but I was none the wiser.
I’m canning this version of the store asap and starting up again with a different provider.
Watch this space. Meantime, anyone keen to purchase a DVD can contact me directly. Arrangements can be made quite simply.
For anyone interested, here’s a longish interview I did with critic/blogger/man about town Simon Sweetman for his podcast series. Look down the page for the link. Podcasts can also be accessed and downloaded (free) from iTunes.
When I refer to “you”, I presume I am addressing fellow creators – that is folks working in creative industries like music and film, making creative goods that can be traded online in return for income.
In other words, fellow professionals.
Know this. YouTube is NOT your friend. It is in fact, the very opposite of a friend. It wants to kill you.
Ever since its inception, YouTube has made a mockery of intellectual property rights, utilising the worst aspects of human nature to infiltrate and degrade interactions between artists and consumers, for its own benefit.
Here is an informed and very thorough analysis of the problem.
Does piracy act as promotion?
Common sense (and real world experience) says NO.
Magical unicorn economic theory (the kind they teach at Silicon Valley) says, “sure it does”.
Can’t introduce this topic any better than the first couple of paragraphs of the linked blog. Read on: