posted on Sep, 21 2010 @ 01:04 AM
I'm curious. If it's theft, that implies you've stolen something from somebody.
So if piracy is theft, question one is:
1. What have you stolen? Did you steal the disk you burned it to? Did you steal the computer or TV you play it on? Probably not. If so, then that's
theft of that object... but not the movie.
Okay, so let's say you answered "You stole the creative work of somebody else!" Alright, well that comes to the second part of theft: The
"somebody" you stole it from. So question two is:
2. Who did you steal the movie from? Did the people who actually made the movie - the actors, director, writers, et cetera - all get paid the money
that they agreed to do the work for in their contracts? Did they get a pay cut? They were the ones who did the creating, and they got paid what they
agreed to work for. So you didn't steal from them.
Oh, well you say they stole from the MPAA, because through contracts the MPAA has the rights to distribute the movie and yadda, yadda, yadda. Okay, I
get that, it's a legal thing where the "creative content" was basically sold off to the Production Companies and the Record Labels by contract.
But... wait a minute. Why did the artists who actually created the movie agree to sell of their content? Well, they had to. They didn't have a
choice. The Producers give the artists a demand: Sign a contract giving US all the rights to YOUR work, or we'll bury you. They won't sign a
contract that allows the artists to remain in control of their own work. The artist has no negotiating power. They use threats of failure to coerce
the artists into giving up the rights to their own work. Failure to comply means they get dropped from the industry. Careers ruined, creative work
destroyed, artist blacklisted, game over. And if you use coercive threats to force somebody to agree to something, that is extortion.
And contract or no contract, even in the eyes of our highly flawed legal system, if you take something by extortion it is not actually yours.
So the REAL answers to my two questions are Nobody and Nobody.
The MPAA (and the RIAA) are, in fact, nothing more than organized crime rackets that have bought and paid the government to look the other way.