"Yes, many people steal online music and video because
they simply want a more convenient way to consume it. Rubin
suggests that "It turn(s) out that most people do not want to steal
music--they just want convenient online access to it," and I agree
with that. Back when Fellowship of the Ring came out, I downloaded
the movie from an IRC network and watched it for months before it
hit retail. However, I also bought both the standard and extended
versions, plus I saw the movie three times in the theaters. New
Line Cinema made its money from me, and I got to conveniently watch
the movie well before its retail release.
"Yet my desire for convenience shouldn't have trumped New Line
Cinema's desire for control and profit. I had no right--legal or
moral--to pirate the movie to satisfy my own whims. I was wrong,
and that wrong could well end up ensuring that fewer "Dark Knights"
and "Fellowships" get created."
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