Monday, December 12, 2005
Let's just say, hypothetically
That you walked into an electronics store, looking for a cheap-ass DVD player for your television. To complicate matters, you're looking for a player that can play certain VCD and DivX formats, because you're into pirating movies. How would you as a video pirate, looking for a subtle way of finding what formats a certain player supports. Surely it wouldn't be this question:
I need it to play VCD and DivX so I can watch pirated films.
Now keep in mind two things. First of all, the store this question was asked within sells films and television series on DVD. So this individual's activities are in direct opposition to some of said stores business.
Two, the associate to whom this question was asked does work in the summers (and hopefully soon more than just that) in the film industry. As said associate isn't at the Speilberg income level (yet), his income as a filmmaker is affected negatively by pirating methods, and as such, does have to work hard in the winters just to make ends meet.
You see, though financial juggernauts in the industry who make highly commercially successful films may not be harmed by a single incident of digital video piracy. However, with it's widespread activity, it makes a highly significant impact on lower budget and independent film. As a result, creativity is drained in favour of commercial appeal, and the overall quality of film depreciates.
As for me, it took every ounce of restraint from taking that customers head and firing it through the glass of the front door. I'm not a violent person, but when somebody blatantly admits they're taking my career I've fought so hard to get to away from me, I believe in this...
AN EYE FOR AN EYE.
That is all.
neolithic pondered at 23:28
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