Legal movie download sites seem very difficult if not impossible to find online, and I am not surprised that illegal downloads run at about 4 – 5 times the rate of legal downloads. Part of the reason for this is geographic limitation, whereby movie companies allow online sites to sell legal movies only to specific geographic areas, such as Movielink that is not available outside the USA. You can’t even join their affiliate program unless you live in the USA.
Vongo are the same, so why are they so surprised that the rest of the world purchase lifetime memberships to file sharing software services? The chances of being prosecuted are less than those of winning the USA and European lotteries both in the same year. Even if you do purchase legally the prices are way over the top, almost inviting people to break the law.
They are complaining at losing so much money that the actors are in penury, working for practically nothing. I think the millions they are given for just making the movie should be enough for one human being, without continuing to fleece us on royalties from sales of the videos. Why do videos cost so much when they cost only pennies to make?
However, let’s have a closer look at the morality of illegally downloading copyrighted movies. On the face of it, it is an offence to do so, and we all realize that. So what are the alternatives is we want a movie to play on our PSP or iPod? Where do we get them?
I have checked out Google and every site offering iPod movies is a file sharing P2P network site. It is legal as claimed, but only if used to download amateur movies rather than those that most people want to buy. Every single one, even those attached to article directory files from writers claiming to offer totally legal iPod movie downloads, were P2P sites.
So if we can’t get what we want legally, what do we do? Remember the Prohibition? We obviously get what we want illegally. Don’t get me wrong: file sharing is not illegal and it is not illegal to promote file sharing websites, but it is illegal to use them to download copyright protected movie files. However, as I said, your chances of being caught are almost zilch, and if the big movie companies can’t move into the 21st century, then they deserve to lose out. It might not be morally right, but they should provide the alternative rather than complaining.