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Turning Off the Torrent of Bits from Hollywood - Turning Off the Torrent of Bits from Hollywood
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?

We asked, and you told us: While about 50% of you are for and against downloading movies, there were a couple points common to everyone.

  1. Movie theatres are charging way too much.
  2. Hollywood wastes Billions making bad movies no one really cares for (ahem... Gili...), and movie theatres charge too much to see these bad flics.
  3. Paying for good movies (to own, rent, or in theatre) is just fine, so long as prices come down.
  4. Movie streaming for a nominal fee would be good.

I think Richy summarizes it best - "Hey about the whole torrenting movies and stuff, I used to do it. A lot. But I've also come to a realization that stealing is stealing, doesnt matter if im grabbing porn mags outta the 7/11 or rippin stuff off the net. I'm not looking down at the people who do torrent and stuff. It is a moral decision people have to figure out themselves. For me I believe it's wrong. And I'm also not a crabby old guy, I am 17 years old. Money is pretty precious, but when I saved up for that silver copy of half-life 2 and bought it for my own, there's satisfaction in that. Just my thoughts. -Richy"

On one hand, it costs like $50 for two people to go the movies now, and each get popcorn and a drink. On the other hand movies are available online to those willing to bend the law. $50 to see a flick in a theatre, or bending the law - what would you choose? Drop us a line, and let PCstats know where you stand on downloading movies over the internet. Take the PCstats Poll (left-hand column) and let us know how much movie downloading you do each month.

"Legal attacks on websites that help people swap pirated films have forced the development of a system that could be harder to shut down. One site behind the success of the BitTorrent file-swapping system is producing its own software that avoids the pitfalls of the earlier program. A test version of the new Exeem program will be released in late January. But doubts remain about the new networks ability to ensure files being swapped are "quality copies"."

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