Not an excuse
Stamping out video piracy may well be a futile fight, as long as there are takers.
However, if they were trying to scare consumers into turning honest, the message was lost under the wave of protestations and justification from us, in our self-portrayal as “victims” in the piracy game!
Look, if it is “cheaper”, people will buy it, this is human nature. If original DVDs were sold at RM10 a pop, which to the huge majority of us would be “affordable”, then the pirates would find a way to sell their stuff for a quarter of that price, and people would still keep them in business. The term “cheaper” is enticing, we’re inevitably drawn to it!
Perhaps it needs some thinking outside of the box to entice Malaysians away from the pirates.
What if you could rent the latest movies online for the price of a movie ticket, and watch them at your convenience?
My issue with buying movies on any sort of disc – original or pirated – is that they take up space, eventually. You can listen to CDs over and over again, but after you watch a movie once or thrice, the DVD or Blu-ray disc gathers dust. So, to me, collecting movies on discs is a colossal waste of space and resources. I would rather rent a movie, or buy a download to be stored on my porta- ble hard disk. Storage hardware is getting cheaper by the minute, just as Internet speeds are on the rise.
This way, the copyright owners still get their royalty, and years down the road, you won’t find yourself pondering over what to do with a cupboard-load of movies you don’t intend to watch again!
However, for Internet downloads to work, we would require highspeed broadband services nationwide. TM’s Unifi is on the right track as far as I’m concerned, with its IPTV service that includes video on demand. It’s still not perfect in its technological application and variety in content, but TM would have to be very dense not to see the enormous potential here.
I’ve no doubt the Malaysian Government wants to be recognised internationally for upholding and protecting intellectual copyright. However, we citizens aren’t doing this endeavour any favours by not only supporting the pirates but also defending our actions publicly.
Sadly, as long as pirated content is available, there will be takers. So let’s not try to spin this into a justifiable action.
As for the “original” being too expensive, that’s a rant for another day.