Nothing in this life is free
Recently, I’ve been getting DVDs from a friend of mine. Most of the time, I’ll pay her for the cost of the copied disc, but sometimes she won’t charge me anything. Most recently I got a copy of The Losers and Iron Man 2; the first was a great copy, the second was a bit fuzzy but since we’ve seen it in the theater twice, I’ll watch it! A couple weeks ago, I also got How To Train Your Dragon for my son. A few months back, a different friend got my husband and I the recent season of Dexter so we wouldn’t have to wait for the DVD to come out. Is this wrong of me?
Sure, I know it’s frowned upon, but I figure it evens out in the end. My husband and I both went to see Iron Man 2 twice in the theater, and once we took our son, so we more than paid for that film and we will be buying the DVD when it is released. We’ll also be buying Dexter when it finally comes out, and recently subscribed to Showtime so we can watch the next season. We pay Netflix monthly for the convenience of watching various films. We spend a lot on movies and television shows on DVD and in the theater.
The “don’t steal movies” ads aren’t going to deter me from getting copies from friends. People do it all the time and from what I can see, it’s not doing much, if any, damage financially to either industry. People are going to whine about it the way Metallica whined about Napster, but it won’t stop people from getting not-so-legal downloads and distributing them to others. Iron Man 2 made $128 million it’s opening weekend and stayed at #1 for the weekend after. Can you show me how my bootleg copy hurt anything?