Copyright Infringement Bad; Hulk Smash!
from the and-yet... dept
I’ve been seeing this story all day today, and was debating whether or not it was worth posting. A man in New Jersey has admitted he is guilty of distributing a copy of the new Hulk movie online. He received an advanced copy, digitized it, and put it online. Clearly, that’s a violation of copyright. Even he admits it. He’s now facing up to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine for doing this. However, the Hulk opened last weekend to the tune of $62 million, so you really have to wonder what impact this bootleg copy had? The people who are likely to download such a movie are big fans – who are also likely to go see the movie “on the big screen”. Once again, going to the movies is a social event. It’s not something that’s replaced by a downloaded copy of the movie. In fact, I’m willing to bet that many of the fans who downloaded the movie also went to the theaters to see it – and those that didn’t, probably wouldn’t have gone anyway. So, yes, this guy clearly broke the law – and, thus, should be punished. However, I find it hard to believe he actually did any “damage” to the movie industry.