There is a poll in today’s Journal.
The first thing to strike me was that they are asking people if they did something illegal and actually expect an honest answer. Naturally, being an upright citizen with high moral standards I selected “No. never”.
The very word “illegal” [or its derivatives] naturally raises my hackles and I take it as an open invitation. Who is that law protecting? Me? Hardly. Big business? You betcha. Anyway by my understanding, it isn’t illegal to download films and the like from the Interweb, only to upload them. So they can fuck off.
The whole ethics of the downloading lark intrigues me.
When If I download a film I am not stealing it; I am making a copy. The original is still there in its virginal state. Having downloaded it, I watch my copy and then delete it. Who exactly has been harmed? No one could even be aware that a copy was made unless they happen to be monitoring my data stream.
The film industry is churning out utter crap these days. All I see are comic-book heroes, supernatural horrors or bilge about Merkan teenagers. Sky promise a “new premier every day” which is a right laugh. Some days they don’t bother at all [despite their claim] while others are foreign language, kids stuff or any of the garbage I just mentioned.
There are a few good films out there but they are very few and very far between. One I watched a couple of weeks ago was “Three Billboards” which is a rarity – funny in spots, absorbing and memorable. I would watch it again sometime in the future. Then there was “Lady Bird” which everyone was talking about here because of the Irish connection [I might add that “Billboards” has an Irish connection too!]. In my book, “Lady Bird” was exceptionally ordinary. Not one that I will remember.
One film I would recommend for anyone who has had dealings with bureaucracy is “I, Daniel Blake“. Brilliant, and I rarely say that about a film.
Now just suppose I did download any of those three, you could possibly argue that I am doing the local cinema out of business, but it’s decades since I have been to one of those places and most of them are out of business anyway. Maybe I should buy a DVD, but why buy something expensive that I am only going to use once? If I wait a year or two those same films will appear on normal channels anyway, and the distributors will get their cash from the television stations. So all I am doing is a bit of time shifting.
The one good thing about this injunction is that they give a few sites that I haven’t investigated before.
On second thoughts, they missed my list altogether.