What I’m wondering about this morning is why not create a lending library online. It would work something like this. *Join the library *Rip a DVD or register your own physical copy of the DVD if the library already has a copy *Upload the DVD to the library and check it in. *You now have a 1 check out credit *The library saves the copy online and marks it as borrowable. *Someone can check out the DVD copy (electronic version is downloaded or possibly streamed) and the copy is marked checked out. *When finished viewing, delete the movie from your hard drive and mark it checked in. It’s now available for someone else to borrow. *Borrowing is limited by number of check in credits. Probably charge a small fee per DVD checkout to cover hosting costs. Maybe $0.25 or $0.25/day or week to encourage checking back in. Checking in says that you have deleted the copy and is kind of on the honour system. Alternative would be a small browser app that manages the checkout/download/play/delete/checkin operation. The advantage is that the business just needs to provide bandwidth, storage, and collect money. Of course the web-site and application needs to be developed. Does this meet the licensing requirements.
24 Jan 2006