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  •  I am a criminal. (12+ / 0-)

    I will admit this openly.   I've posted here frequently about the fact I have a disabled (autistic) child.   Years ago, I learned the cost of it as I had to replace DVD after DVD as he destroyed them as a child.  

    But, I'm also a film fan - a major film fan.  And I spend a large slice of my money on Blu-Ray content - because I like owning films I enjoy.

    Would I EVER put any of those films in a place where my son could gain access to them again?  Heck no.   So, what do I do?  I buy them, rip them, store them on my local network, and have them ready to access.

    I don't store what I haven't bought.   I pay for Netflix, and I keep a cable bill going.   But I feel safe knowing I can watch movies I own - with them safe in a box in my closet so they won't be destroyed - and I can watch them when I want.

    But the fact that I have digitally stored content I own makes me a criminal.

    I'm sure to rush out and by "The Artist" (which I loved) "The Muppets" (which I loved and blogged about).   And more.   But the discs will be used once.

    How much love does Hollywood want to show me - someone who buys, supports their content?   If you look through my blog here, I've written praise reviews for films I'll tell people they should see in a theater.

    But none of that matters.   Because I digitally store content I purchased, they would like to treat people like me as criminals.

    I'll keep buying content I like to support those efforts.   I'll grab "The Artist" "The Muppets" "Ides of March" and more.  I'll grab films I love and hold onto them, for the extra features, the fun, etc.  

    But for all the fact that I'm a person who buys films.. Hollywood has decided it's more important to threaten the lot of us as "crooks".

    There has to come to a point of some sanity over the legitimacy of content here.   I believe in the right to protect a copyright.   It's important to encourage future work.   But efforts like SOPA and PIPA don't do that - they just discourage people from taking any effort to be involved with any of it; they punish people who are spreading their love of content and sales.

    Oh god, I now worry that with this kind of attitude, someone is going to come after me for those Mix-CDs full of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails my wife and I traded when we were in college.

    Does anyone know the statute of limitations?  :)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 12:50:39 PM PST

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