Did you recently purchase a DVD in store? If so you must have noticed this wonderful reminder at the beginning that can't be skipped that downloading pirated films is stealing and a crime. I recently bought 24 season 4 on DVD which comes on seven DVDs and contains all the 24 episodes of this season.
Guess how many times I had to see this announcement? Seven Times! Yes that's right. They put it on all DVDs. I was not able to skip it and that is why I'm writing this article about it. Let me ask you another question. Tell me how many times users who download 24 season 4 from the Internet are seeing this message? Zero times! Yes that is right. If you pirate the tv series you get a clean copy without the "piracy is bad" reminder that people who BUY the DVD get.
Am I the only one who thinks something is seriously out of line here? It's like those game copy protections that do more harm than good. Buyers have to live with the copy protection even though it could mean that the game won't play on their computer but people who download the game? They get a crack and can run it without DVD at all.
Let's talk about DRM in music. Do you think that the majority of songs in Peer to Peer networks has DRM? The stance of the Music Industry is thankfully changing on this matter and I really hope that the Movie and Gaming Industry will make the changes as well.
If I purchase a DVD I do not want to see ads against Piracy. This is insane. The same is happening in cinemas all over the country. You see anti-piracy ads in cinema. Are they going to try to convince the one guy that might sit in one of the cinemas with a cam to stop making a recording the movie?
One could say that they try to sensitize the public but do they have to do that in front of people who actually purchased a product? Why don't they do TV commercials instead? That would probably be more effective and buyers would not feel so irritated with all the anti-piracy ads in their purchased products.
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