So since late afternoon yesterday, friends, readers, and countrymen have been forwarding this message that was posted on Facebook by someone we’ve featured once here on Techzim. His name is Luke Alvin Madzedze (this Luke from back in his 2011 students days). Part of his message goes:
Are you sick of buying movies in the streets YET you own a Laptop?
Are u sick of buying the Latest PC Software and Game DVDs at Crazy prices yet its just a burnt DVD?
Do u love love downloading BUT you never have enough Bandwidth or its just painfully slow to download a simple Movie?
LOOK NO FURTHER…INTRODUCING yFlix….., Zimbabwe’s First DOWNLOAD HOTSPOT
No internet is involved our local servers store EVERYTHING you need, Movies, Video Clips, Software and GAMES
Since all content is stored LOCALLY it means download speeds for huge files is MUCH MUCH faster than anything you have ever seen in Zimbabwe (Download your favorite Latest Movie in less than 2 minutes).
…..and the best part the prices.
Movies are FREE (Believe it or not)
All Software is sold @ 0.33 cents( Regardless of version, size, usefulness or popularity)
All Videos are sold @ 0.33 cents( Regardless of size or popularity)
All GAMES are sold @ 0.33 cents( Regardless of version, size or popularity) [full message here]
Yes. We were immediately concerned about piracy too, and usually services that appear to trample on copyright issues, we may even try to avoid writing about them, lest we promote that which hurts content creators. But it has the opportunity to be a new variation of Jack Sparrow (not that one, this one) and Jack Sparrow was a big deal, something this has a potential to be. Plus that’s it’s someone we’ve covered here before with so much promise. So we just went ahead.
But we got in touch with him to hear out how they are approaching the potentially explosive legal side of this new venture. Just legal alone of course. The ethical side is something you can’t discuss when someone’s already into it. You can only tell them you think its wrong. He says he consulted a lawyer on the matter and was told he cannot be sued by anyone but the owner of the content, and that they are going to be pirating non-African content which is hard to police for the content owners.
Here’s part of his response:
The lawyers who drafted the document concluded that AS LONG AS u are in Zimbabwe… and u DONT do local content, u are close to untouchable, that’s why no one is sued when caught selling international movies, PC Games, Software in the streets.
We are not going to be doing only local content until we pen down agreements with local bodies to distribute local content. Our goal is to end up doing local content such as local movies using a pay per view structure. We also want to end up doing local apps and software as our platform is a store in its own right.
We might start off with churches, so that we can pay royalties to the owners of the content PROPERLY. We want to promote local MUSICIANS, APP DEVELOPERS,MOVIE PRODUCERS…..but that is in the long run. Our main focus now is to get the attention using international content
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