QUOTE]Originally posted by Don LandisI'm no psychologist, so I can't explain why you have some sort of inferior feeling or as you put it, I sound better than others because... we choose to not distribute other's copyrighted works.
I don't feel inferior. You obviously do, because you've hammered it into our computer screens a bazillion times that you don't distribute copyrighted content. And the line about others in your business who actively do it but you don't because you're a saint has been made perfectly clear. You are good and do no wrong and sue those that do, and the rest of us on this board are Captain Bluebeards of the S.S. We Pirate Copyrighted Works While-U-Wait.
|Also, the fact that you may not know how to buy distribution copyrights to these things has nothing to do with whether it is right or wrong. You claim this stuff is not available. I'd be willing to bet that it is available but the real issue is it is not available for a price you are willing to pay
Ever dealt with the Olympics Committee? If you (or anyone else have) would clearly know that some stuff truely isn't available at any cost. 99% of the stuff we all want is generally owned and distributed by the copyright holders and not sub-licensed out to other companies or individuals.
Mark Cuban isn't a good example because that's broadcast and obviously a lot easier to get a hold of. We're talking pre-recorded content being available (which it isn't), and Mr. Cuban (whom I respect for trying to help the situation) still hasn't released pre-recorded content as he discussed last year. Cost isn't always the issue.
|I also accept that you and others may feel that this whole copyright law is ridiculous and restricts their personal freedom.
That's not what this is about, nor do I feel this way. Face it, you put up a poll asking how people felt. People responded, opinions and facts (then again there are no facts, only opinion - the law is an stated opinion open to interpretation). You were obviously not happy to see people are active in trading, and went so far as to post your opinion about how wrong people are about copyrights etc. for those of us who are "ignorant" of the law. You are clearly not seeking opinions, but hoping to change viewpoints. Personally, that's fine, but rather than do some poll why not just come out with it from the beginning, that's what these boards are for, discussion.
This isn't about personal freedom or restrictions, it's about what's available and what's not. Plain and simple. And this is what I base my evidence off of. No, not my interpretation to the law, but from an IP attorney who deals with this stuff everyday.
|Just because I may posses a legal copy of a movie on DVHS and later on a commercial version is released for retail sale, why does that now make me a pirate when the commercial one is released? Have you now put yourself in the position of rewriting or reinterpreting the laws or are you just stating a personal opinion of the state of affairs
I'm stating an opinion. You've made it abundantly clear in your posts that people should be paid for their work. So, Fox spends the money on a HD transfer of XYZ movie. There is no pre-recorded HD market at the moment, but when there is, they release XYZ movie. But you're not willing to buy it because you possess a copy that didn't cost you anymore than a blank tape and less than a buck to record. Now you're not only not willing to support the studio who paid X number of dollars for an HD transfer, but they've made it publicly available to buy. Do you not consider that stealing? This isn't apples and oranges, you possess a copy
of a film that is sold legitimately at retail. Fair use, yeah, sure, legally you're allowed to own that. But does that make it right? Fox spends the money to bring out a piece of high quality content and you won't buy it because you already own a copy you made yourself?
Go on Don, call all of us in the HD recording session pirates, I know that's what you think of us. The poll proves that, right?