internet movie piracy

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Posted by ab0b at on August 06, 2001 at 17:48:34:

Likely this has been touched on before...

Last week I happened to run across a "pirated" copy of J&SBSB on the net. Granted these pre-release copies are generally poor quality camcorder caps made in movie houses, but the movie pirating online community has grown by leaps and bounds with the growth of broadband internet access, rapid development of encoding algorithms (DivX avi) and software (FlaskMPEG), and the spread of opensource dvd decoding software (DeCSS).

In general just wanted to know what the viewaskew community thinks about the growth in movie sharing. Granted, there is little legal ground in the US for the trade or use of digital copies of in-theater movies, however there certianly may be some valid fair-use arguments for me ripping my SE Dogma DVD to watch on my laptop while traveling or even to share with a friend (a la vcr dupication).

btw, no, I didn't watch it. I'll wait, throw down my 9 bones to watch it on the big screen and contribute to the cause.

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