Did it harm as much as lax law enforcement and regulation of the criminal activity of the banks, which were then bailed out? One does have to wonder. Perhaps there wouldn't be so much copying if people had any money left to buy the real thing.
Its creativity and imagination have made American entertainment one of our greatest exports over the decades
Yep, adding more filler before you can see your movie is a good incentive to buy legit.
I've been streaming and using digital downloads for a while now. A few weeks ago I bought some blu-rays to see if the video quality improvement was worth it. I swear it took 10 minutes just to get past all the filler garbage.
Needless to say, I will not be playing blu-rays any longer. If I do use the discs, they'll all be ripped and the garbage edited out.
[citation][nom]eiskrystal[/nom]Porn, reboots and remakes. Yup very imaginative. That's why I haven't stepped foot in the cinema for over a year.[/citation]
That is a little harsh, as there were a few good movies that came out last year... like... um....
*gets on IMDB for a moment*
well, X-Men was ok... and Arrietty was alright for those into Anime... perhaps you have a point, none of the movies from 2011 were worth paying retail prices for...
And looking at this year all we have is Avengers, Prometheus, and The Hobbit. 2 pretty rough years in a row...
... so who exactly is watching this crap that Hollywood thinks that they can stay in business with such drivel?
Geez... these people never learn do they... add more junk and I'll equally step up my efforts to remove the junk before dumping the movies to my media centre (I always use ISO mode so I can keep some menus and stuff, but I always remove all the commercials and "you're a terrorist if you buy this shite" messages).
How is this at all logical? Pirates who are heavily involved in illegal reproduction, transmittal or sale of media material are not actually watching the movies in question, and thus these warnings only affect the law-abiding citizen who has paid for the product and is sitting down to watch a movie, and now has to wait an even longer amount of time to watch a pointless PSA (in addition to those obnoxious trailers and ads which can't be bypassed by going straight to the menu screen). And even if the pirates are watching the movie, are they going to be swayed from their criminal ways by a PSA? Please, spare me. It's akin to those recorded subway announcements in NYC that warn us that "Groping a passenger is a crime," or some words to that effect. The pervs who actually engage in that sort of behavior are not going to have a sudden epiphany from hearing it and change their ways. It's just naive in the extreme.
The fallacy at work here is even more self-evident -- criminals -- including media pirates -- by their intrinsic nature, do not obey laws. They care not about society's behavioral restrictions and have made a conscious choice to disregard them. So, preaching about federal piracy laws to the crooks who are heavily engaged in piracy and are utterly indifferent to the laws that criminalize such conduct is the height of stupidity.
How about merely enforcing the law against those who are breaking it, instead of preaching about it to the law-abiding masses? Actions speak louder than words.
If there going to enforce unauthorized reproduction then shouldn't the movie industry replace damaged or outdated media for a small fee? I have a few hundred movies on VHS and DVD I would love to get upgraded to Bluray. With the movie industry striving to make cheaper shorter life media who should be blamed for their customers wanting to watch that which they paid for? Movie company's need to be held accountable for the part they play. My old VHS tapes never had a warning that the sale was only for the life of the media. Many of my older DVD doesn't have warning of media life so why shouldn't a reproduce a backup copy of something I paid for?
My question is, why can't the DVD or Blu-Ray players keep track of this and show the warning say every 10th time a video is played? Or maybe it can keep track of the fact that you our your kids have already watched this DVD or Blu-Ray a hundred times and then never show you the warning again whenever you play the disk. Its not like the message changes that much from one showing to the next or even across different movies. If someone has read it once or skipped over it a hundred times, seeing it again, more than likely isn't going to make them change their stance on the subject. Encode the disk with the warning, but let the disk player choose when to show the warning. Sure someone is going to modify the disk player to make it never show the warning messages, but in the end, they were going to do that anyways.
Its analogous to home security. What's the cheapest way to protect your house? Put up a "Monitored by ADT" or some other company sticker. It may prevent some people from robbing your place, but no amount of stickers or actual security systems will prevent a determined criminal from robbing your place if they want to.
Here's the problem with putting it on every disk. The people that pirate the stuff never see this anyways, because they're removing it. And if they do show up at a friends house and see the warnings, their first question is going to be "What is this and why can't you skip it?" Which will immediately be followed up by "Why would you pay for the real thing if its going to waste 10 minutes of your time when you can get an exact copy for cheaper w/o all the warnings so you can see the film right away?" If you put the warnings on the disk player and it puts out the warning every couple of times a disk is played, then even if the disk is illegal and the warnings have been removed from the disk, everyone still gets the warnings but they aren't as annoying - unless the warnings are popping up every time you try to play the disk. In fact, it should be the other way around, if the disk is legitimate, then the warnings shouldn't show at all, but if the disk doesn't have the warnings encoded on it, then the disk player should put up the warning every time you try to play the disk.