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Hollywood's piracy fears are stifling online video expansion. The download and viewing experiences are far from user-friendly

Imagine a bookstore that sells only works published by Random House. If you want a HarperCollins title, you have to go to the store down the street. In this world, you're permitted to read Penguin (PSO) books either on the train or lying in bed, but Vintage books can only be read on the couch. It's absurd—but no more so than the world of video downloads as they exist today.

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