View Poll Results: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years old?

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  • No, it's not wrong. We should change the law so material that old is public domain.

    28 66.67%
  • It's technically wrong, but not really a big deal.

    8 19.05%
  • Yes, it's wrong. The copyright owner has the right to control it, even if he's an heir.

    5 11.90%
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Has cable been around for 40 years?
    Longer.

    TV is "free", cable is not.
    If I am paying for the cable, which I do (and I pay alot for it) then I should be able to do what I want with it.

    Tell me how it's any different to download Game of Thrones onto my DVR, or burn it on to a disk? Either way, I can watch it forever.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    I understand that. I often wonder if I am breaking the law when I post music videos on this forum under the "what are you listening to?" thread. They are often found easily on YouTube, many have fairly decent sound quality as well. I am sure that the artist gets no royalties when I do this yet, as you say, its just laying there for the free taking.
    Who cares? You're just linking to already-existing content, you're not the one putting it up there.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    If I am paying for the cable, which I do (and I pay alot for it) then I should be able to do what I want with it.

    Tell me how it's any different to download Game of Thrones onto my DVR, or burn it on to a disk? Either way, I can watch it forever.
    Yup. I pay a lot for cable and don't really watch any of it. Therefore, I've paid whatever monthly fees go to the cable companies regardless, they can shut up and leave me alone, I'm going to do what I want with the content they show.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Who cares? You're just linking to already-existing content, you're not the one putting it up there.
    True, yet each time that content is "shared" is another use. I guess it is sort of like a juke box, the recording is bought only once yet shared for a fee each time it is played. I am not sure how that works either, as far as paying the artist any royalties, beyond the initial recording purchase.

    I assume that services, like iTunes, pay royalties for each copy sold.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    True, yet each time that content is "shared" is another use. I guess it is sort of like a juke box, the recording is bought only once yet shared for a fee each time it is played. I am not sure how that works either, as far as paying the artist any royalties, beyond the initial recording purchase.
    But that's really the thing. If someone pays for a song on a jukebox, everyone in the place gets to hear it for free. While the wretched RIAA would probably want every single person to pay an independent fee, screw the f'ing RIAA.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Longer.



    If I am paying for the cable, which I do (and I pay alot for it) then I should be able to do what I want with it.

    Tell me how it's any different to download Game of Thrones onto my DVR, or burn it on to a disk? Either way, I can watch it forever.
    You're preaching to the choir. I was just noting that not all TV is "free" to the public.

    Personally speaking I have a ton of movies and TV content stashed away that came from the scene. It's just because I'm a digital hoarder.

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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    I'm trying to figure out an easy way to get all my movies onto a hard drive that plugs into one of the ports on my TV, so it's like having an infinite-storage DVR.
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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I'm just downloading for personal use. Whatever someone else does is their problem.
    if your using a torrent, then you are not simply downloading for personal use. You are actively distributing it

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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by madman View Post
    also remember, every time you record your favorite tv show such as MASH or All in the family on your VCR, you are committing copyright infringement.
    again, that isn't making that copy available to millions of people instantaneously

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    Re: Is it immoral to download from unauthorized sources (c) TV shows over 39 years ol

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I'm trying to figure out an easy way to get all my movies onto a hard drive that plugs into one of the ports on my TV, so it's like having an infinite-storage DVR.
    We use an old laptop permanently hooked up in our entertainment center to the TV to do that. It's got a 500 gb HD hooked up. That way we can either stream movies online through it or play movies off the HD.
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