So how does everybody feel about the shutdown of Online movie sites?
In a way this is a good thing, but I'm pretty upset because, although I'm willing to pay for movies shown in theaters, They don't have all the Indie/ Out-of-country, most low-budgeted films that I want to watch. It may seem I'm ignorant to the plight of Movie makers, but I'm just telling the truth. I'm sure many of you have done the same before as well.
man, people back in the states are real ungrateful when it comes to your access to movies and TV shows. you guys got netflix, hulu, video rental stores and good release times. i live overseas and the only way to watch movies and TV shows over here is to buy the DVD, watch it in theatres or wait for it on TV.
Just went to Vietnam so I understand that America does have it better than a lot of places. It's because of this environment that we become as ungrateful as we are. The more you have the harder it is to be humble, and to those that are and in those shoes have my high regards.
While I do feel sorry for the indie filmmakers who probably don't get the recognition they deserve, I have nothing but contempt for people who pirate movies and get their media through file sharing, and especially for those who believe that copyright laws are no longer relevant because of the technology we now have. Copyright laws are what saved the starving artist. Before modern copyright laws were developed, just about the only people who could afford to be full-time artists were those who came from money. If an artist were poor, they were dependent on receiving patronage from a wealthy person, who sometimes had creative control over their project. It was the same way for writers. If the copyright abolishionists had their way, these conditions would return.
Here's an article by Cory Doctorow that makes my skin crawl. For those of you who aren't familiar, Cory is one of the best-known crusaders for copyright reform, and thinks file sharing shoud not be a crime even though he acknowledges that it costs the entertainment industry billions of dollars. His arguments are that the industry big wigs deserve it because he says they've been ripping people off for years (but doesn't acknowledge the plight of their Average Joe employees), and that making the laws against piracy more strict are a violation of a person's freedom of speech and that the countermeasures being taken are Orwellian in nature. "Technology giveth, and technology taketh away," he says. If that's a valid argument, then why shouldn't the police be allowed to tap our phones without a warrant? Why shouldn't a person be allowed to distribute embarassing photos/videos of their ex over the internet (which are also protected under copyright law)? He only has a problem when technology is used for Orwellian purposes, but not for tyrannical ones. You know, 1984 was a scary story, but so was Lord of the Flies.
When he gets to talking about movies in the article, he basically says that the future of movies will be YouTube, and he doesn't have a problem with it. I find the notion to be disturbing, in that one day the James Camerons and Steven Spielbergs of the world won't be able to express their creativity to their fullest potential, simply because funding them would be too expensive and not profitable.
I like this post, it's more of a debating post than a one-sided one. I read the article and he talks a lot about BBMs, to which I have no problem paying for because it's those movies that I watch with my friends. I think I should rather clarify myself; I have no problem paying for mainstream movies, it's just that when it comes to hard-to-come-across films, I have in the past resorted to streaming sites to save myself a hassle.
I understand what you're saying. I have heard that file sharing and streaming sites help unknown filmmakers, musicians, writers, etc. get noticed. But I still think the negatives outway the good by a vast margin. They might get noticed, but they still aren't making a living. It would be better if someone created a website for the specific purpose of renting/selling the movies of these unknown/obscure filmmakers. Not only would the filmmakers get paid for their work, but the person running the business would earn a little, as well.