In general, media is just under a very bad set of circumstances. People will only buy what they believe the exchange of value is fair and even, so when you have:
1. Media as only an experience a user is trading for (even legally)
2. The limitation (and stigma) of physical property gone
3. The ease of transfer over the internet.
4. The arbitrary limitations of access that companies put media under.
Honestly, I see where the comment above is coming from, it's only a problem if you turn around and try to make money from it.
For me, the morality on the issue is becoming less and less of a factor. If companies don't embrace ways to package their technology, they'll just get lost in the fold. nI admit, I download/steal some...Experiences.
Look, I think access is the big issue in all of this at the end of it. As long as companies singularly package their products (movie tickets, DVDs, multiple rents, etc.) people will have a moral out. Even when BUYING a product and paying attention to all of their laws, you only have like 6-8 months after purchasing a DVD to download a digital copy.
Why not make accounts with each movie studio (or a major central place) that stores all of your DVD/digital purchases and give you the ability to download movies to what you want, when you want. Same with TV. The infrastructure is there and easy.
I'd easily buy more movies, tickets, etc., if they packaged them with more permanence.
Why do I watch movies again? Because I want the same experience I got before. Just because the product is an "experience" and not a physical product, doesn't mean you can charge for each time I use it.
I buy a soccer ball, I get that experience any time I want. It should be the same for all media.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 10:07 am