Ahoy, me hearties!
On the high seas your wealth we steal
We capture your ship of our own free will!
As a kid when I first read ‘The Treasure Island’ I created a certain picture of the pirates – a gang of people sailing on the sea who loot, murder and steal to build their heap of treasure.
The interest in pirates never died in me and I still watch the movies related to pirates. It used to be the age of VCRs. We would hire movies to watch and, as technology developed, we moved from the age of VCRs to VCDs and LCDs and finally, to DVDs.
With the advancement of technology, the advancement of crime also took place simultaneously.
The term ‘piracy’ in ancient times used to mean ‘hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it’ (Source: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=piracy). The word ‘piracy’ too advanced to add a new meaning to it – unauthorized duplication of an original recording for commercial gain without the consent of the rights owner (Source: http://www.indianmi.org/whatispiracy.htm).
From the booty being in terms of gold, silver and valuable objects it now has advanced to it being in terms of duplication of the original document.
Few months back I read about the movie ‘X-Men Origins’ which was yet to be released. I went to the movie library to rent a movie and found the DVD of ‘X-Men Origins – Wolverine’ already being circulated. I was very excited and brought it home to watch it. The print wasn’t bad and I was really excited to having been able to watch it before the release (knowing of course that it was a pirated one).
Blow me down… I could actually see the strings that held Wolverine when he flew around the sets and the graphics used to create the fight. Okay, it’s, to an extent, interesting but it butchers the entire fun. I know I should have been patient enough for it to be released but the excitement of getting to watch it overcame me. And yes, I am still going to watch the original version in the theater or if time doesn’t permit, will get the original DVD.
However, the issue is, many a times, even when the original DVDs are available we tend to download the pirated ones just to save our pocket and giving the movie pirates more reason to continue piracy.
All said and done, I am not, of course, going to stop myself from downloading the movies from the net; it’s easily available when I do not have the time to go to the theatres. We have the facilities, we have the source, so why not? The buccaneer are aware of this fact and hence will continue their piracy. However, I do hope there would be a way we could be happy with our pockets while watch the original version as well.