reply to post by Pirateofpsychonautics
I had a similar conversation with my cleaners husband earlier this week. Every now & then he gives me a DVD with 2-3 movies on it, most that arent
even available to rent yet, I guess I have about 10-15 movies thanks to his illegal downloads, though Ive only watched 2.
1. I never asked for them;
2. The quality is crap & he has all the best programs (apparently);
3. I said to him there will always be people like me who like to have a shelf full of movies, so if he did give me a movie I really loved, I would go
out & buy it;
4. Point 3 in consideration, just a few months ago I paid $34 for Close Encounters. Surely it could be a bit cheaper by now, I was a kid when it came
out & I'm 40 now.
His argument was he has paid to see movies in the cinema. However, the movies he has given me (plus however many more he hasnt given me) I bet he
hasnt paid to see in any way. His theory is, he has already paid enough at the cinema & video store so far that he never has to pay for another movie
I guess thats a nice idea if the only people trying to make a living/invest in a movie were only the people who made movies from way back then. How
about the new people ?
When he gave me the last DVD I said something like 'isnt there a law trying to be passed for you ?' He had absolutely no idea, & then gave me his
"I've already paid enough" excuse.
Being on a pension, I FULLY agree that people like Lucas etc dont need to earn another cent, nor the next few generations of his family, but knowing
someone who is trying to make a movie, this does hit the new people (pre-file sharing) hard, & I wonder how this will hit us. Maybe there are some
people out there with great stories to tell, but they must be asking whats the point when anything they make will be taken for free & leave them in
No, I dont agree with SOPA etc, the laws passed in the USA will hit all of us some way, but I do wonder if we are hurting ourselves. Downloading
movies from the net could be doing more harm than we think, I have no issue with hitting the big names, but is it doing too much damage to the small
up & comers who may have something really important to share ?
Fine, lets get something back from the billionaires, but maybe adding a time limit will help the new people get a chance.