Ottawa has reacted to the pressure brought to bear simultaneously by "The Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger and the big movie studios, by promising stiffer penalties for anyone caught video taping a movie in a theatre. So what?
Personally, I don’t download movies illegally from the net. The politically correct reason I would cite is that I’m so opposed to the practice for ethical/legal reasons. However the truth is I can’t be bothered. Parents of young children don’t have a lot of spare time for diversions like movies, especially if it requires finding a movie online, then going through what is often a multi-hour download process, to then watch it on a tiny computer screen.
But let’s just say for second that I was ethically okay with all of the above and actually had the time to do it. If it turned out that what I had downloaded was a copy some guy made of the latest blockbuster by whipping out his handycam just as the trailers finished, man would I be ticked off! Have you ever seen what this stuff looks and sounds like?
Maybe I’m just too much of a movie purist, but I want great picture and wake-up-the-neighbours surround sound when I sit down in front of the TV. So I can’t imagine putting up with shaky picture, bad black levels, crappy stereo sound and other defects that are the hallmark of camcorder bootlegs. For this reason alone, I just don’t buy the studios’ argument that stronger measures are needed to combat this practice.
Am I alone on this? Would you – c’mon be honest – go to the trouble of getting your hands on a sub-standard version of a movie just so you could avoid the price of admission at your local theatre? Either way, tell us why you make the choice you make.