Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, penned a recent editorial in The Wrap claiming that movie studios often have nobody but themselves to blame when it comes to movie piracy. Von Lohmann sums up his position with the following:
“Much of what Hollywood calls ‘piracy’ may actually be consumer demand going unmet by legitimate supply. . . It is Hollywood’s own stubborn unwillingness to give law-abiding customers what they want that drives many of them to search out unauthorized alternatives.”
Von Lohmann cites several examples to support his case, one of which involves a little scuffle you may have heard about between Redbox and Hollywood. Says von Lohmann:
“Instead of catering to customers who want an inexpensive, convenient way to watch new DVD releases at home, Hollywood wants to force them to wait. Three major motion picture studios have declared war on Redbox. . . The fight may be between Redbox and the studios, but the losers are consumers who may turn to unauthorized sources rather than wait patiently for movie studios to maximize their revenues.”
Insiders, have you ever turned to “unauthorized sources” to obtain content, delayed or otherwise? If so, do you consider yourself a movie pirate? Will Hollywood ever stop treating many of its best customers like criminals? Give us your opinion in the comments.
[via The Wrap]