They are so worried about the internet, they are forgeting to get their product out their for people to choose.
Dogg Thang wrote:
Very true, Tern. Very true indeed. As someone who actually does go out and buy music, dvds etc it gets to me when measures are put in place to 'combat' piracy that affect my end use. The new Gorillaz album, for example, doesn't want to play on my PC. Now that's just a pain in the ass. What's funny is that I can just play a dled version - that's almost encouraging piracy.
For SW, I think this is all a storm in a teacup. I mean, has anyone here downloaded the workprint and not gone to see it in the cinema (possibly several times)? Could it really have affected revenue to any significant degree? I can't think so. For that matter, did anyone dl the dvd rips of the OT last year and not buy the sets?
On a side note - there are a massive number of albums I never would have bought had I not found mp3s floating around the net to listen to...
Yeah, and that's where the hypocrisy lies with the MPAA and RIAA's argument. They seem to think that if you pirate a workprint of a movie or download some mp3s off an album that you won't spend any of your precious consumer dollars on the real product. For most of us that couldn't be further from the truth. I doubt there's more than a handful of us here who haven't seen the movie at least twice in theaters. Hell, look at the damn box office returns! That shit doesn't lie! Owning a copy of the goddamn movie on a hard drive isn't going to keep anyone from pruchasing legit copies of the movie later when it comes out.
Take for example starwars media. I bought a crappy VCD version of TPM when it came out. I also downloaded most of the soundtrack before it was released. And you know what? I ended buying both the DVD and the soundtrack on CD. Same goes for AOTC. Why? I guess because I'm a fucking idiot. But at least I'm a paying schmuck like everybody else.
Besides, why would anyone be content with some crappy screener quality burn of the movie, time codes included, when there's a nice shiny DVD on the horizon? Their argument doesn't hold water. It's just a PR scam to try and enforce and legislate new copyright laws; making sure everyone knows where the power is -- with the studios and the government thugs that get a hardon arresting and fining college students and little kids for downloading shit on the internet.
And don't they bigger fish to fry anyway?! Like, I don't know... Terrorists and bank robbers and shit?!
I suppose it doesn't really matter. We'll all be discussing this to keep us occupied and before you know it, the DVD will be here and all of this will be just another useless talking point.