reply to post by byteshertz
Have you ever sung happy birthday to a group of people?
Anyways. Parts of your arguments are valid but you are leaving some things out. Yes, you can not consider internet piracy (downloading for the rest
of this post) to be "theft" as by it's very definition theft requires you to take something that isn't yours, without paying, depriving the owner
of said "thing".
At best, downloading is unauthorized copying, which itself is illegal.
The problem lies in letting the private industry dictate the laws and regulations to ensure their monopoly while stifling innovation. The list of
products we wouldn't have because of copyright is astounding, and the list of products we lost, or failed, due to copyright lawsuits is quite large
Instead of evolving to fit the market as it has evolved, they wish to maintain a stranglehold on the market and force it to stay where it is. That in
and of itself isn't bad, that's basic business. But they are not only ignoring a market desperate for content, they are going about changing laws
and restricting peoples rights to protect their "property"
The MPAA/RIAA and international equivalents spend millions suing potential customers. They also rake in millions by convincing people to settle
instead of going to court. And where does that money go? Does it go to the starving artists? The starving actors and movie producers? nope, it
goes to the lawyers to sue more people, and to the hackers to illegally track people.
The movie industry is claiming downloading is killing it. How can they say that with a straight face as each year movies break box office records,
every summer the number gets higher.
Radio didn't kill music.
TV didn't kill theater
VHS didn't kill movies
CDs didn't kill music
DVDs didn't kill movies
What is killing these industries is their unwillingness to adapt to a new market.
We don't want to go to a store in the mall and purchase physical mediums that start to decay as soon as they are opened. We don't want optical
disks prone to scratching, unable to play on all devices, and in some cases containing rootkits silently installed onto your computer.
We want high quality digital content that is OURS. That we can take wherever we want, watch on whatever device we want, and make as many backups as
we see fit.
there is a growing generation of kids with entitlement complexes who have never known a world without downloading, and figure they are entitled to
whatever they want without paying.
I'm a pirate. I have been since the BBS days before the "internet" and the "web" truly existed.
I also happen to have a large collection of cds, dvds, blurays, and games. Most of which wouldn't be purchased if not for me illegally downloading
copies before hand to verify they deserve my money. Some things I buy regardless, to support the artist, like Phish or Kevin Smith movies. But most
I buy because I think they are worth it.
I haven't had cable in over a decade, all of my "tv" content is downloaded (until I buy the box set of the show which is an addiction)
But why, when I can clearly afford to buy whatever content I want, do I still download? Besides the reason above, here's an example. This list was
much larger but I've actually forgotten some items over the years.
The x-files collectors edition box set. All seasons and the first movie. This box set cost over 300$ when I bought it.
Season 3 is the ONLY season that doesn't have at least 1 bad disk. Every other season has at least 1 episode that can not be played. It's the disk
themselves as any media device reports errors including trying a manual raw disk backup.
The simpsons season 10. Every episode on disk 2 has the sound cutting in and cutting out for no reason.
The simpsons season 7. 3 episodes on 1 disk have no audio, the only audio channel that produces sound is the commentary track.
That 70s show season 2, disc 1 has several points in several episodes that it freaks the player out, produces artifacts, then skips to the next
Futurama. Not sure which season but the first episode with Robot Santa claus plays for about 10 minutes before crapping out and skipping through the
rest of the episode, with no sound, in around 15 seconds.
Futurama last season, last episode, doa after the opening title sequence, player freezes, if it's a pc, you have to hard reset.
there is plenty more, and a few audio cds as well, but that's the ones off the top of my head still angering me today.
So as you see, I've spent a ton of money of those dvds, and STILL had to download them to be able to watch when and where I wanted.
The artists deserve to be paid, the MPAA and RIAA do not. Our laws should not be engineered by corporations to protect their profits, that's