Originally Posted by HDMe2
It's fair to gripe about this stuff... but I wish people would not draw the line between mistakes made by the producers and being "ok" to steal.
Blu-rays have unskippable things, so I'll just steal some.
Working is hard, so I'll just rob a bank.
Complain all you want, all the way up the food chain... and vote with your wallet by not buying Blu-rays too... but don't use this as justification to steal copies.
You are 100% in your rights to not buy product... but ZERO rights to steal it... under any circumstances.
I don't like the practices, so I boycott products... but when I boycott them, I don't steal them and I don't take free copies if someone else buys and gives to me as a gift.
You are correct that the warnings are not justifications to pirate the movies, but I think your comments miss a common point and frustration among many buyers of Blu-ray discs (and DVDs too).
The poster who commented about the lack of audible piracy warnings on CDs is spot on. Imagine if every time you cued up a CD it was preceded with a non-skippable 30 second lecture about how peer to peer sharing of unauthorized copies of music files is stealing and it's a crime, and you could go to prison for a long time for it. Don't you think that would turn off the very target market for CDs, the legitimate buyers of them? Hell yeah, it would.
Why then, does the MPAA (and its constituents, the studios) think doing the very same analogous thing, placing unskippable piracy warnings complete with FBI and ICE logos and citations to the relevant criminal statutes and penalties, is not a huge turnoff for buyers of their Blu-ray discs? It's exactly the same thing. They are preaching to the choir. Legitimate purchasers don't need the warnings. Pirates do, but they won't heed them. Who then, are the warnings for? Answer: no one. Why the hell put them on the discs we wish to buy? All it does is discourage some legitimate sales due to having to put up with unnecessary and counterproductive lectures.
No thanks. I, too, like several other posters in this thread, have bought 100s of perfectly legitimate, legal retail Blu-rays through the most common outlet today -- Amazon. It pisses me off royally to see the MPAA lecture me about piracy while I'm lining their pockets with my legitimate purchases. I'm the guy who keeps them in business. Don't piss me off with unnecessary lectures just because you can't stomach losses due to other people's piracy. You don't want to lose my business.