I've just listened to the latest podcast, during which it was asked why Apple didn't offer the directors of short films the opportunity to sell their work worldwide through iTunes. Why not suggest ask the organisers of Tropfest to approach Apple about this very topic? Perhaps you could work that into an AMW article.
I believe that the Sundance films, or at least a selection thereof, were available through the US iTunes store at one point.
And some late feedback on the Pirate Podcast, which I really enjoyed. You guys didn't *really* encourage anyone to do anything very pirate-y, but these days it takes courage to even tell people how they can give their money to a company which refuses to sell their product locally. (ie. Apple/iTunes & TV shows/movies, iPhone etc).
Something I thought might have been relevant to the discussion is the positive effects of piracy on a company's bottom line. I've read that one of the reasons Microsoft became so overwhelmingly dominant and one of the reasons they only ramped up anti-piracy efforts relatively late in the piece, is that it suited them to have every man and his dog pirating the early Windows OS in order to grow market share.
Personally, I'm not particularly ashamed to say that I've pirated probably $1000 or so of Apple software over the years. I've bought it when I could, but my circumstances haven't always enabled me to upgrade to the latest OS or the latest version of iLife. Looking at it from a strict point of view, that's $1000 I've stolen from Apple.
On the other hand, as an early adopter and an amateur Mac evangelist since 1992, I've got my head around everything Apple's had to offer the enthusiastic non-pro user and I've taken it to friends, family and colleagues at every opportunity. At a rough tally off the top of my head, I'm directly responsible as a result for sales of:
1 x 20" Alu iMac
2 x 20" iMac 2006
1 x Hemisphere iMac
2 x 17" Macbook Pro
3 x G4 iBooks
1 x iPod shuffle (I'm ashamed of this)
1 x iPod Nano 8gb 2nd Gen
1 x Mac Mini
1 x PowerMac G4 (Tower thing) 500MHz which I marvelled over at the time - 'so fast!'.
And those are just the systems I remember off my head, not including the upgrades, the peripherals and the other Apple gear that those people went on to purchase from Apple.
Some certain piracy is not always bad for a company. Would we have the luxury of Bootcamp if the entire geek world hadn't caused such a huge swell of excitement by working out how to get Windows running on intel Macs?
Lastly, I'm an Apple shareholder so I condone petty stealing from myself.