Is Watching Movies for Free Frugal or Stealing?
Last weekend I went to my good friend Sam’s house for movie night. Sam has a full on movie room set up in his basement equipped with a projector, an awesome screen, surround sound and a giant super comfy couch. He even has a mini popcorn machine! We were all having so much fun getting in to movie mode, I barely realized that our three movie options for the night were all recent releases that were still playing in the theater. Sam isn’t in the movie biz, so how did he get his hands on DVDs before they were actually released?
It turns out that Sam’s sister is a computer wiz and knows of a website where – with a little finess – you can rip a new release by streaming it through cyberspace and burning your own DVD. Awesome? Free movies!?? Most of our friends were psyched to watch an illegal new release, but I felt conflicted. Working in the film business and publishing an online magazine, puts you in the know on what’s really happening to your work when people don’t pay for it. Technically speaking, it IS stealing. But everybody does it. I was sitting there doing it…
Watching all of my upstanding, well educated friends NOT CARE, really got me thinking about how most of the general public seems to view copyright infringement. If people would rather get something for free, what is the future of entertainment? Do people realize that downloading a movie, a song, or a book from an unauthorized site on the internet for free is actually stealing? Because it’s so easy to do, people don’t even notice that it’s wrong. I mean really, if you know that no one will ever catch you, why pay for something that you can get for free, right?
What are your thoughts on downloading movies, songs, books and other entertainment for free? Do you see it is stealing, and if not, why not? How can we stop it, or should we not bother? Or, do you feel it is wrong…but do it anyway? Tell us what you think!| Print