"Like a billion other people, I download things illegally. I'm
also an actor, writer and director whose income depends on revenue
from DVDs, movies and books. This leads to many conflicts in my
head, in my heart, and in bars.
"From an industry standpoint, physical media has a great
advantage: It is its own copy-protection. Even disregarding the DRM
built-in to discs, to make copies is hugely impractical for the
average consumer. But physical media is disappearing. We simply
don't need it any more. Remember slinging out your VHS collection?
That's how I'm now thinking about my DVDs. And don't think you're
safe either, Blu-rays.
"With bandwidth and storage increasing exponentially, getting
cheaper, and consumers becoming more tech-savvy, it's becoming
easier every day to grab free copies of books, movies and albums.
This is why Internet users are thrilled. Including me. This is why
people in the entertainment industry are terrified. Including
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