Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Internet Piracy

A friend at work was just telling me that he was at Blockbuster recently to rent a movie when he noticed an anti-piracy commercial playing. Which reminded him that he could just download the movie he had planned to rent from the internet instead, so he just went home. I guess that kind of backfired for them.

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5 comments:

Glyn (Zaphod) Evans said...

Yeah. I hate wasting money renting bad movies. Or seeing them in the theatre, but then that is too much as it is. Some though, like Star Wars, I downloaded first and still went to the theatre before watching it. I will buy it when it comes out. I have bought so many movies and CDs that I simply don't *want* to pay any more... :(

Of course, I would never sell anything I download. That is bad form...

Shakespeare's Sister said...

I guess that kind of backfired for them.

LOL. Guess it did.

Robert Bayn said...

Internet Piracy bills are stupid, most movies/music suck, and yet they expect us to pay for that bull shit, Internet Piracy to me is telling hollywood and the music industry "fuck you"

Chris Howard said...

All of the big media companies are getting it wrong. Some people are going to steal content no matter what. And there will never be a technologically foolproof way to stop copying. I don't understand why the music and movie industry didn't see long ago that they should be trying to get ahead of the curve. If the RIAA had decided early on to cut through all their stupid licensing bullshit and offer their full catalogs online at a reasonable price, with full search capabilities, tey could have nipped Napster in the bud.

Even now that they're starting to get it, they don't do it right. I subscribe to Rhapsody which is pretty good. For $9.95 a month, I can listen to anything in their catalog and download most of their songs for $0.79. They have a lot of good stuff, but there's a lot of stuff missing. Why can't all the big labels realize that the more roadblocks they put up, the more likely it is I'm going to go get what I want from Morpheus? I'm not going to join 5 different online music services so I can get access to everything.

John Howard said...

Yeah, it's stupid. Not that there's any real justification for stealing the stuff, but if it's readily available to download for free, then it should be readily available to download for a price.