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Pirating Movies
Published on February 22, 2012 by Sara Foss

This post, by Mike D'Angelo, has generated some controversy within the film community. 

Why the uproar? Because D'Angelo admits that he pirates movies. He writes:

"... I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it, frankly. When I was given the opportunity to pay a reasonable fee to rent, I happily did so, and was more than willing to kick in the Blu-ray surcharge that both sites imposed. Now that that option has been withdrawn, my non-piracy choices are (a) spend $30 or so to purchase a movie I don't (in most cases) wish to permanently own, or (b) not watch the movie. Neither of those is acceptable to me. Furthermore, I can't see how my downloading these films is depriving anybody of income, since I delete those I don't love immediately after viewing them and buy physical copies of those I do love—or, if I can't afford them right this second, add them to a wishlist. Either way, I watch the file and then nuke it. The only films that I've downloaded illegally and then burned to disc are The Arbor and Godard's A Married Woman, and that's only because there's no Region 1 Blu-ray of those two titles. (I don't have a region-free player.)

I don't pirate movies out of some sorry sense of entitlement. I pirate movies because at the present moment I know of no other means of watching a high-definition copy of an older film without buying it outright. And that's ridiculous."

I don't believe in pirating movies, but I can see where D'Angelo is coming from, and if I was in a similar position I would be tempted to do the same thing. But I'm still finding most of what I want to see through Netflix and GreenCine, and I don't have a Blu-ray player, so I'm still able to watch pretty much whatever I want to watch without doing anything illegal.

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