March 05, 2002
It's not just music

News Corp President and COO Peter Chernin claims that the public is illegally downloading a million pirated movies a day. Good grief. Do these entertainment industry bigwigs take stupid pills or something? Has anyone reading this ever illegally downloaded a full-length movie onto their PC? Geez.

UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of messages from people who say they have indeed downloaded movies from the 'Net. Some are ripped from DVDs, some are filmed by people in theaters (bet that's high-quality). So, I guess this is more common than I thought. Call me an old fart with a slow connection, but it would never occur to me to do this. I still think that Chernin is being hysterical - as the article notes, he doubles the industry's high estimate of piracy when even the low estimate is criticized for being too much - but I concede that it's an issue.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 05, 2002 to Technology, science, and math