As far as anyone is concerned, I don’t pirate anything, from anyone (thats my story and I’m sticking to it!).
Okay, now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, I want to talk about pirating and the movie studios. Why haven’t they (the movie studios) figured out that (some) pirating is or can be good for them? That X-men movie that was “released” to the internet before it was even finished may demonstrate to the studios that perhaps it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for it to happen. They are now talking about how it might have a distinct advantage because of all of the free publicity it is getting by being in the news and by being in the news way before its release date. Even before its intended advertizing was to commence.
In my opinion, the movie studios should be promoting and even supplementing an enhanced in-theatre experience. If its their intent to kill pirating, then thats how, if at all, it will come about. Pirating won’t die by prosecuting everyone and their grand-mother. It will die when people realize how much better a movie actually is if they see it in a theatre. The huge screen, amazing sound system, 3D, perhaps free popcorn, or other in-theatre activities that otherwise won’t be seen or experienced unless it was at the theatre. Just think of the possibilities if movie studios worked with theatre owners to enhance the experience. It could be so much better.
Releasing movies, perhaps in a lower quality to the Internet will also help kill the idea of pirating. People would be able to download a movie of their choice, see if they are interested in seeing it then “experiencing” it at the theatre in all of its intended glory. Think of how good that would be.
So if there are any movie studio execs reading this blog (I know you’re out there!), why not spend the money you’re wasting on litigation and start putting it towards a better in-theatre experience. Then perhaps the people to whom you’re causing bankruptcy issues with in trying to defend themselves from YOU may actually stop pirating movies and actually show up at the theatre instead. I’ll bet if you “crunch” those numbers you’ll find you come out waaaay ahead…and you won’t take a killing in the press for it either. Just a thought.