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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:44 am 

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stroszeck wrote:
Whoa....why so negative? This is so far the only way I know of to get instant access to these films and actually the quality is decent compared to even some foreign import DVDs. So I actually appreciate the effort some people take to get these films at least out there. Hopefully if more people watch them then it will garner attention to the holders of the copyright who will at least consider releasing these films in semi-decent form!

Right. Exactly. Because most copyright holders closely monitor the pirated Youtube copies of their holdings, and use those statistics as a guide to releasing DVDs of their most-stolen titles. So that all the people who already watched them for nothing can buy a copy.

I mean, really?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:28 am 
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Perkins Cobb wrote:
stroszeck wrote:
Whoa....why so negative? This is so far the only way I know of to get instant access to these films and actually the quality is decent compared to even some foreign import DVDs. So I actually appreciate the effort some people take to get these films at least out there. Hopefully if more people watch them then it will garner attention to the holders of the copyright who will at least consider releasing these films in semi-decent form!

Right. Exactly. Because most copyright holders closely monitor the pirated Youtube copies of their holdings, and use those statistics as a guide to releasing DVDs of their most-stolen titles. So that all the people who already watched them for nothing can buy a copy.

I mean, really?

You are quite right Perkins Cobb! Stroszeck is obviously trying to pass-off his libertarian attitude towards copyright theft as some form of paternalism.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:00 pm 

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I'm not saying its ok or legal or anything I'm just, as a true film fan, excited to at least have ANY kind of access to movies which have been long lost from my reach for ever. I neither condone theft or fraud but I get so excited in seeing some of these films posted it lifts my hopes for a proper re-issue/restoration at least. I mean there are SO many films that have never even made it onto VHS let alone dvd and probably won't just because the assholes that possess the rights think these films won't garner the proper attention of the movie watching audiences and therefore will not buy a video edition and therefore they will not turn a profit on those particular movies should they decide to go all out and do a restoration or anything of the sort. But again I absolutely do NOT condone illegal activity I just, in my "dream world", imagine that such actions might get the attention of someone somewhere who will realize that THERE IS A DEMAND for such small forgotten older films. Thats all.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:56 am 
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The outrage is hard to understand? You linked to illegal copies of films released by Criterion on the Criterion message board. Things like that make rare online copies of otherwise unavailable films that much more at risk of going away


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:07 pm 

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Domino ur right...i'll shut up and keep it to myself.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:02 am 
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Well, I concur with stroszeck on the YouTube-posting of classics subject, Criterion or not. It's too bad that one has to be clever to evade the Tube police but great classic films should be widely available to the public. Copyright issues, notwithstanding, more prospective filmmakers (as well as the general public) need to increase their knowledge of international and "obscure" domestic classics. In addition, not everyone has the money for the average price of a Criterion disc or has access to a library which keeps a large collection of Criterion (or other art-house label) dvds in circulation. Posting links to copyright material may be bad form but I think this kind of access is, nevertheless, wonderful.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:20 am 
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Entitlement


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:00 am 
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ando wrote:
Posting links to copyright material may be bad form but I think this kind of access is, nevertheless, wonderful.
UK Film and copyright theft
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As director Peter Jackson has pointed out: 'Piracy has the very real potential of tipping movies into becoming an unprofitable industry, especially big event films.' All copyright infringements direct revenue from production, distribution, exhibition and retail – reducing income from legitimate sales. We work with government, the film industry and other interested parties to help protect and promote copyright in our industry.

The scale of the problem
In 2006 the audio visual sector lost an estimated £459 million due to copyright infringements, with film losing £338 million. The estimated loss of £102 million in cinema admissions equates to 13.4% of the legal market in the UK. An estimated loss of £238 million DVD retail sales equates to 15% of the legitimate market.

Market research carried out in 2006 found that:

26% of the UK population had acquired or viewed pirate film material.
Criminal gain from counterfeit and home-copied DVDs was worth an estimated £169 million.
The proportion of people downloading and burning films increased by 26% from 2005 to 2006.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:53 pm 
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Good. Hopefully the nature of movie-making will change with this perceived loss; especially "big event" films.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:01 pm 

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ando wrote:
Good. Hopefully the nature of movie-making will change with this perceived loss; especially "big event" films.

Right, so that more small, independent films will be made instead, and the content you steal from Youtube and torrent sites will be more to your liking. That's a plausible, sustainable business model for sure.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:55 am 

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swo17 wrote:
Are there really still people downloading high profile films that are/will soon be readily available on Blu-ray from Netflix, Redbox, etc. for pocket change? Seems like more hassle than it's worth.


Soon/pocket change < Now/Free


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:24 am 
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Only nothing is really free--you're paying for hard drive space, you're taking a risk of infecting your computer with a virus, you're probably "paying" substantial megabytes for a noticeably inferior rip (or else paying even more for hard drive space if you're downloading full BD rips), and you're also paying creative capital in that you are directly limiting, in this case, Paul Thomas Anderson's ability to continue to make the films he wants to in the future.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:24 pm 
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i dont want to start the cumstain thing again, but are you referring to some pay-as-you-go hard drive space? It's already paid for and what else is he going to "spend"/allocate it on if not films he wants to see? I'm not sure of incidence of virus on mainstream movies (isn't that a porn-download thing?) but isn't the likelihood equal to a car wreck driving to RedBox or some abstract risk correlating to physical consumption? Is the streaming quality of Netflix (should Master even be available for streaming once it comes out, and i won't be) also a "noticeably inferior rip"? Or is he waiting for a snail mail disc to come, presumably not cracked or scratched? If the pre-sales are already established w/ RedBox or Netflix for discs, how does that stop him from making the films he wants in the future more than an overall box-office and pre-sale rejection based on the film's hit/flop status?

Are there studies yet about %ages of downloads which effect actual sales? If something is already available through illicit means online, what are the copyright holders' actions? Can they up the release of their digital copies on itunes? Can they flood the torrent sites with dummy copies (or viruses?).

It just seems like appealing to wishywashy consumers who most likely wouldnt be spending money on the copy in the first place to not download is the wrong tack, whereas making it a waste of their time to find an illegitimate copy when the legit copy is easier to get. These people aren't film library connoisseurs or manufacturers themselves, so it's ridiculous to appeal to them in those terms. Understand your customer and what they want: immediacy, convenience, and the film istelf, quality and cover art and steelcases to look pretty on shelves aren't as important, so price it differently/competitively. To what level are they effecting bottom line/profitability? Are they pronouncedly worse than passing around screeners or VHS recording in olden days? What about my copy of Margaret I bought as soon as it came out, haven't watched since and will sell to a used bookstore which also won't benefit the manufacturer or Lonnergan's future projects? How big is the difference? (I understand there is one.)

For context: I saw The Master opening weekend in the theater, downloaded a copy this week to study all the theories i'd had and read about, which I deleted after I was done (is the assumption that downloading means a physical copy is burned and kept in a library?) and eagerly await renting the BluRay when it comes out, mostly for the extra features.


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