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Old December 3 2012, 11:24 AM   #1231
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Some certainly but to describe that as teh default reason is rather, well uninformed.
Which is why I said 'some'. Some will buy it, others won't. But street dates are an obsolete concept, punishing folks who want to walk into a store and pay for the product.

And WTF is up with this 'first world problems' bullshit that seems to pop up in every thread nowadays? No the above issue doesn't rank with hunger, war, poverty or illiteracy, but its an issue within the specific subject we are all discussing here.
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Old December 3 2012, 03:49 PM   #1232
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With regards Torrents - I agree with the poster above. To label it a crime is to misunderstand what the majority of people use it for. I too find it easier to download than "rip" something I've already purchased. I have also "tried before I buy", if I like something I will purchase it, whereas if I did it the other way the stores would not offer me a refund or exchange. Perhaps the industry needs to start fitting in with what the consumer wants rather than the opposite. I applaud bands like Coldplay that have recently offered downloads on a "pay us what you think it's worth basis", people are genuinely honest but are scared of getting their fingers burnt by unscrupulous multi-nationals. Take this season 2 blu-ray release as an example - they have made mistakes, I don't think it is worth the £60 they're asking, I would however part with £50 for it.
I agree with a lot of the sentiment in this post, especially the use of torrents as "trying before you buy". I do that for tons of anime, because the prices Japan wants for Blu-rays with ridiculously low amounts of episodes (2-4 is common) are absurd before factoring in shipping. If there's a US release, I'll pay up if I liked the show (and the licensor is a company I feel is worthy of getting my money). With something like this, where you 1) don't get a chance to preview it and 2) are gonna wind up paying for a lot of chaff for a few good episodes, torrents are a good way for people to determine if the set is worth their money if they aren't hooked into the active discussions about the TNG remastering.

That said, I agree that street dates are becoming more and more obsolete, but they're a necessity for brick and mortar outfits like Wal-Mart and Best Buy. But I also feel that "all or nothing releases" where you have to get everything also hurt sales, especially for a show where the first two seasons aren't all that great. It would be wonderful if there was a Steam like system where you could buy the episodes and special features you want and maybe pay a little extra to get a Blu-Ray set shipped to you if your internet connection sucks, but we're nowhere near there thanks to shortsightedness of the entertainment industry.
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Old December 3 2012, 04:26 PM   #1233
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If I remember correctly, discussing piracy at all is against the ToS of the BBS. So those who are discussing it freely may want to reign it in a bit.
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Old December 3 2012, 04:32 PM   #1234
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If I remember correctly, discussing piracy at all is against the ToS of the BBS. So those who are discussing it freely may want to reign it in a bit.
I'm simply discussing it in relation to street dates.
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Old December 3 2012, 04:34 PM   #1235
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I strongly disagree with this 'try before you buy' business. If you want to watch something before buying it, you have 3 options. Wait for it air on TV, rent it, or borrow it from someone. You shouldn't get to own an illegal copy of it. Let's assume you decide then not to buy it because you weren't happy with the entire set, are you going to delete your downloaded version? If there's a couple of episodes you like, you may delete the rest and just keep those episodes. Even if you do that, you still have illegal copies of something you didn't pay for...
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Old December 3 2012, 04:34 PM   #1236
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If I remember correctly, discussing piracy at all is against the ToS of the BBS. So those who are discussing it freely may want to reign it in a bit.
I thought posting links and enabling it was against the rules, not discussing the reasons behind it and the fact that it exists, but I could be wrong on that. If the mods say all piracy discussion is verboten, then I'll abide by their judgment.

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I strongly disagree with this 'try before you buy' business. If you want to watch something before buying it, you have 3 options. Wait for it air on TV, rent it, or borrow it from someone. You shouldn't get to own an illegal copy of it. Let's assume you decide then not to buy it because you weren't happy with the entire set, are you going to delete your downloaded version? If there's a couple of episodes you like, you may delete the rest and just keep those episodes. Even if you do that, you still have illegal copies of something you didn't pay for...
With live action Blu-Ray rips? Hell yes. I bought the Stargate Blu-Ray and lost like 30Gb of HDD space when I ripped it at 1080p.
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Old December 3 2012, 04:45 PM   #1237
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I bought the Stargate Blu-Ray and lost like 30Gb of HDD space when I ripped it at 1080p.
The question was if you don't buy the set, not if you do buy it...
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Old December 3 2012, 04:57 PM   #1238
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Took me 5 seconds.

From the FAQ up top of the page...

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Old December 3 2012, 05:03 PM   #1239
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Took me 5 seconds.

From the FAQ up top of the page...

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As a fan site for a television show, intellectual property is an important topic for us. We cannot legally or morally condone tape-trading in episodes or downloading episodes online, and do not allow discussions on this matter. Any other copyright violations will also not be allowed.
Then with that I have no more to say on the subject.
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Old December 3 2012, 05:04 PM   #1240
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Took me 5 seconds.

From the FAQ up top of the page...

Intellectual Property

As a fan site for a television show, intellectual property is an important topic for us. We cannot legally or morally condone tape-trading in episodes or downloading episodes online, and do not allow discussions on this matter. Any other copyright violations will also not be allowed.
You know the TNG forum does have a moderator? And I'm sure when he comes along, he'll definitely let us know if we've stepped out of bounds. It's what a moderator does.

Also, there's a report button on every post. You can simply click that instead of cluttering up the forum with the rulebook trying to backseat mod.
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Old December 3 2012, 05:26 PM   #1241
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Anywaaaay...
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Old December 3 2012, 05:29 PM   #1242
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...you have 3 options. Wait for it air on TV, rent it, or borrow it from someone.
2 options

Borrowing it from someone is illegal too...no different than downloading it, you're still seeing something you didn't pay for.

I too have tried before I buy and most definitely delete the entire thing if I am not interested in it. You have to hold yourself to that standard though, but that's not saying everyone does.
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Old December 3 2012, 05:53 PM   #1243
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Borrowing isn't illegal. It's still one physical copy of the media which was paid for legally.
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Old December 3 2012, 05:57 PM   #1244
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...you have 3 options. Wait for it air on TV, rent it, or borrow it from someone.
2 options

Borrowing it from someone is illegal too...no different than downloading it, you're still seeing something you didn't pay for.

I too have tried before I buy and most definitely delete the entire thing if I am not interested in it. You have to hold yourself to that standard though, but that's not saying everyone does.
Wait, so I asked my friend if I could borrow Casino Royale and he said yes, but I still did an illegal thing? That's probably the funniest thing I've read today.

What was I supposed to do, give him 5 bucks to "rent" the movie? Back in the 90s, borrowing wasn't actually frowned upon.
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Old December 3 2012, 06:25 PM   #1245
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I might venture out to BB after work today and try my luck.

Despite all the negativity about this season, the problematic effects shots are really only brief snippets in the grand scheme of the season. Yes they are sub-par when compared to S1 (and by the looks of it, S3), but I'll take that over the blurry low res shots I've dealt with for years on the DVDs.
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