A hacker who unsuccessfully tried to hold Netflix for ransom has achieved an unexpected result: His failure shows that subscription-based business models in content distribution is making piracy pointless.
Someone calling himself (or herself) TheDarkOverlord stole most of the new season of Netflix’s popular series, “Orange Is the New Black” and demanded ransom. Netflix refused to pay, and TheDarkOverlord put the stolen material on the Pirate Bay for anyone with a torrent client to download.
But it’s unlikely that others the hacker is threatening (Fox, National Geographic, ABC) will pay up, either. Nor will Netflix regret its decision: It’s safe to say that its bottom line won’t be affected; at most it will release the fifth season of “Orange” earlier than planned.