You make an interesting point Bart, perhaps 'liberalization' would have been a more fitting descriptor.

I did consider the place of illegal streaming when I wrote the article. I came to the conclusion it doesn't really have a place when you bring 'art' into the discussion.

'vote with your wallet' as the saying goes, isn't that capitalism? Since it's not going anywhere anytime soon, I see streaming as the more 'democratic' option because it's more affordable than the traditional theatre-going experience.

Indeed, artists should be paid for their art and I'd like to think there are plenty of people who would happily pay a small fee to support the artist over having truly democratic film distribution.

I think your comment about content rights control definitely challenges the idea of 'democratization' though. Without knowing the ins & outs of Netflix's licensing agreements and going just of what I've heard, I think they're more on the side of democracy than say, Disney, who frequently violate the good spirit of things like Public Domain - hence why I tried to focus on Netflix in the article.

Thought-provoking stuff, thanks for the comment - I really appreciate it!

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