I couldn't get into the book. I heard the record, watched the TV series, then heard the radio show. After everything, the radio show was my favourite version. There was a comic series around 1993/1994 from DC but there wasn't a comic shop where I lived and no newsagent ever got it in.
I wanted to start a company that licensed TV shows, mainly kids TV shows, mainly cartoons, and release them on DVD in Australia. I ran straight into a hurdle when I noticed the copyright owner mentioned in the copyright notice at the end of almost every show was a made up production company named after the show itself.
Maybe that's the point: Claim to spend money on anti-piracy "efforts", spend $10 on a press release saying "don't do it", but in the accounts they write it up as about $100,000 for some big campaign that never existed.
Three: Last year I, an Australian, bought almost $1,000 worth of old English comedy TV shows on DVD from Amazon UK (saving about $1,500 compared to buying them locally). Nearly all of them have the FACT logo on the back but I've seen hardly any FACT ads on the discs, so if I didn't already know, I wouldn't even know what the hell "FACT" is!
Most countries have a 70 year expiration on copyright, so why aren't old films being digitized in other countries where most films prior to 1945 are in the public domain? We don't always have to use original negatives, a well looked after print can be brilliant and a damaged print can be better than nothing!
For digital data, what about the M-Disc? Although I know technically computers and disc drives may soon become obsolete whilst with the Nanoform being analogue all you need is a darn good microscope. I know places that still use microfilm!
If after SEVENTEEN YEARS you disagree with Mike so much, WHY do you continue to come here and comment? Is it because it is free? Wait, you said that low quality is what you get for free. I guess that explains why I don't pay for your comments and I really would not miss them one bit if you started charging.
If we look at it on a purely legal basis, Ed probably does belong in jail. I think what he did was good and right and morally correct and I'm glad he did it but on a purely legal basis he did break the law.
The thing is, if the law is supposed to uphold our morals then the law is failing us.
I'll tell you how seeing a movie at home can help cinemas. How often have you seen a movie and thought "Man I wish I could see this at the cinema!" but because it's months (or even years) since it was at the cinema, too bad.
I saw "Star Wars" on TV in 1994 (at age 15) and went "Wow! I wish I could see this on the big screen". Three years later I (sort of) got my wish. Now could we please have a few more re-releases internationally?