February 9, 2006 | By Peter Bihr |
UK research shows that, on average, downloaders are film fans who view the same number of legitimate films (cinema, rented and bought DVDs) as the average active DVD consumer (24). On top of that, they also consume illegitimately acquired movies.
Says Lavinia Carey, British Video Association, in a BBC interview.
So wait, that would mean that… piracy doesn’t hurt the movie industry, or at least not the way they’ve been claiming for the last few years. Coming from that source, this means a lot.
Another thing about DVDs and media releases that I (well, and just about every other consumer) always found to be a bugger is the damn regional code. The DVD drive in my laptop is long since locked, as I happened to move around a bit and (god beware!) watched DVDs from American and Australian friends, sometimes one after the other. Original, bought, non-pirated DVDs, that is: If they were pirated, I wouldn’t have that problem. Now I would only be able to buy German DVDs, as the last DVD I watched before the drive was locked happened to be German. Grrrreat!
This whole regional code business tells a lot about how the movie biz managers think. Quote, again, by Lavinia Carey from the British Video Association, in the same BBC interview:
…if you were to acquire the rights to, for example, a Hollywood arthouse movie to distribute in the UK, and parallel imports from the USA were being sold in the UK by someone else, you’d lose your investment.
You being the importer, not the consumer. Well, maybe that’s not our (the consumers’) problem, or interest? We don’t even want to think about release windows – we just want to watch a movie. Think about it. And think about the fact that, just as a simple example, I can’t buy any more DVDs because my drive is locked because I bought original DVDs instead of downloading pirated copies. Does anything there strike you as just a tad odd?