disc decides to stop midway of the movie jarringly
indicating the end of its capacity. And if you are
watching the movie at the comfort of your laptop in
your bed, most of the times you would be tempted to
just go to sleep rather than taking the pain to change
the disc. That’s the case with me anyways.
Buying pirated discs is another thing, but my moral
workbook holds that act in much lower ranks so I decided
to skip that option altogether.
That said, I resorted to the easily available next
option – downloading them online. Thus started
the spree of movie downloads, old and new, often yet
to be released in India, most times missed while they
played for a measly period at the theatres. BitTorrent
has opened up an online treasure trove of movies for
me, not only English movies, a whole lot of excellent
foreign language movies that are otherwise either
unavailable for buying or not screened anywhere (be
it at a theatre or television).
The legality of BitTorrent is largely disputable and
there are controversies over the usage of BitTorrent
trackers. There is widespread opinion that since the
BitTorrent metafiles do not store copyrighted data,
they are not illegal. This goes on to say that while
sharing itself is not illegal, it is the use and further
distribution of the material that breaches the law
in many jurisdictions. Besides, according to a recent
estimation, the torrent exchange accounted anywhere
from 27 to 55% of the world’s internet traffic.
the torrent sharing is hugely popular, there are no
two ways about it not affecting the business of movies.
For instance, a full-length DVD-quality workprint
of the latest X-Men movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
was leaked online and was downloaded an approximate
5 million times before the movie actually hit the
screens. The fact that the movie had some awesome
graphics and visual effects that can only be enjoyed
in big screen did not stop people from downloading
Notorious gossip reporter Roger Friedman lost his
job at the Fox News for reviewing the film using the
leaked version before the movie released and his article
was removed from the website subsequently. All this
amounted to Wolverine underperforming in some markets
as well during its opening weeks although it ended
up grossing about $363.1 million in worldwide collections.
Since Hollywood movies have a worldwide market, such
torrent downloads either leaked before the movie’s
release or after it, only creates little more than
a dent in the movie’s business unlike Indian
movies that have a lesser command in the market. Much
worse in the case of regional movies that has very
less business potential than English and Hindi movies.
That is where I took the stance – download movies
only if they are not accessible by any other means.
And yes. All the cinema halls in the city are accessible
to me anyways.
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