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beat 05:10 PM 12-10-2010
This is a touchy subject for most people, but the fact of the matter is it's greatly exaggerated, by Hollywood, I was browsing around the net and I found an article in which Taylor Hackford wants to "educate" people about piracy, but how does he want to educate them when he himself seems to have a very closed mind to it. What most people don't understand is that the people who download movies and never buy them, are quite few. The people who download movies and find out in the first 20 minutes that the movie is garbage, that's a howl other story. Hollywood execs speak quite often about the fact that piracy will kill the movie industry, but since they started crying about it in 2006, profits have risen with staggering rates.
You be the judge.
jvc 06:33 PM 12-10-2010
There are people that make copies of dvds and sell them at flea markets and other type places. I saw this happening at a local flea market a few years ago, and reported them to the police. The police didn't care, and didn't do anything about it. I saw the people still selling the homemade dvds two and three weeks later. I've even seen people advertise on Craig's List that they will make you a copy of any dvd you want. I sent an email, along with a link to the ad, to a movie studio. Haven't seen the ad since. Don't know what happened with it...........
scratch 07:13 PM 12-10-2010
I think beat wasn't referring to people trying to make a profit of others intellectual property, but since the law doesn't distinguish them it's a little confusing. I find it interesting however that mpaa convinced congress to allocate 50 mil in funds for anti piracy campaigns and the major studios pulled back that amount.
neutron 07:30 PM 12-10-2010
I kind of find it funny that internet piracy has been linked with child porn and every other negative thing they can think of. Also some people will abuse any system jvc, for example lawyer agencies randomly sent out threatening letters that they will sue if the person doesn't 1000 bucks because he/she downloaded stuff illegally, it was quite awkward when a guy returning from a two month trip that hand no internet connection found this letter in his mailbox.
davidkay 02:45 AM 12-11-2010
Piracy is often used as a crutch to try to defend crumbling business models and of course get more favorable legislation. The entertainment and software industry considers every instance of piracy to equal a lost sale. This is a fantasy. There are also many ways in which piracy helps companies that they would prefer not to admit.

Take Microsoft Windows for example. Windows 7 has some piracy protections, but not all that much. It's not really in MS's best interests to lock it up like Fort Knox. One reason is that draconian piracy protections tend to fail, and anger legitimate users (see Sony rootkit debacle, or the time when MS's genuine advantage validation system failed and fingered thousands of legitimate users as pirates). Another reason is that if Windows 7 was impossible to pirate, people who absolutely refuse to pay for it will use something else - Linux. Microsoft has an interest in Linux not gaining much traction on home computers, and allowing pirates to get away with using Windows 7 for free helps in that cause. Try getting them to admit that, though.

I don't think its right for people to attempt to sell pirated works. For people that got caught downloading 25 songs on Limewire though and have gained nothing financially, the punishments have been wildly out of control. Imagine if a jury requested a fine of two million dollars for stealing two CDs from Target.

I also strongly disagree with the "settle or else" extortion letters that firms like the "USCG" have been sending out lately, and I'm glad a DC court smacked them down a bit.
doremi 07:32 AM 12-11-2010
Yup, I have to agree that the fines they give for downloaded tracks in stupendously large. This also reminds me of an anti piracy move that Ubisoft (a game developer) made. In order for their games to run users had to have constant connection with the home server, if this link broke for a ms the game would shut down and it did brake and a bunch of users weren't to happy about paying 40 $ to have their game interrupted every 5 minutes.
molla 07:49 PM 12-17-2010
The fact is those that want it for free will always get it for free. Before the internet videos were passed around with whatever recorded onto it. The internet just makes it easier for them but it will by no means "kill the industry" as they always claim. Does anyone remember when they claimed that when video recorders first came out>
beat 06:19 PM 12-18-2010
Fact of the matter is that the people who download and don't buy it were never potential customers, they would have not paid to see the movie. I'd be a little ashamed to claim the end of the industry when they have had record breaking profits and that's with inflation.
amplitude 06:35 PM 02-10-2011
There is also the problem of availability, since screenings in some countries can sometimes be delayed by almost a month some people will turn to illegal alternatives to satisfy there curiosity. I also believe that prices for dvd's are a little high, it should never be more than half the price of a movie theater ticket.
sonic 07:14 PM 02-11-2011
I do agree that piracy is a problem, but I think it's blown way out of proportion. They should be targeting groups of people who resell bootleg copies for money, not the average Joe for downloading 5 songs of the net.
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