The nebulous nature of information.

April 4, 2009

The FBI was called in to nab the bastards who leaked an illegal copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  The BBC reported that the movie had been downloaded about 100,000 times this past week alone before the pirates were stopped dead in their tracks.

20th Century Fox, of course, is livid and calling for blood.  They said in a statement that this type of behavior “undermines the enormous efforts of the filmmakers and actors and, above all, hurts fans of the film.”  How do they mean, exactly?  This brings up the ubiquitous debate about the nebulous nature of information (it’s all just zeroes and ones, you know), about file-sharing, and who it really hurts.  The only thing really truly being hurt is the bottom line of the studios.  The actors, the director, the gaffers, the grips, the caterers – all of them have already been paid.  Ages ago.  The studio already saw the worth of the project, and already put a tremendous amount of money into it.  Now, they look for a return at the box office.  Fair enough.  But who else is being hurt other than these studio execs?  Really?

On the other hand, though, there is this sense of entitlement into which many people are born and they believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with piracy and file-sharing.  They want what they want when they want it.  The problem is – technology has evolved MUCH more quickly than law and law enforcement.  Is it illegal, of course, to download the new X-Men film before its street date, but thousands of people are doing it.  BECAUSE IT’S SO DAMNED EASY!!  There are even methods by which you can protect your IP address to maintain complete anonymity.  There is illegal file sharing going on just as I’m typing this, just as you’re reading this, on computers all over this planet.  *GASP!*  The vast majority of those files will end up on iPods and hard drives and CDs and DVDs and no one will be the wiser.  A few token college kids and cellar dwellers will make the news as offenders in remote locations, computers seized, fines handed down.  But, for the most part, there is absolutely no way to fully enforce existing copyright laws in regards to technology.

Question is – what happens next?


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