RT and me were discussing about piracy the other day. She never watches movies on pirated CDs. I do not buy pirated books… now that I can afford to buy the originals.
But, I have no qualms about watching a pirated movie. Here are the reasons:
- Isn’t it insane to pay 250 bucks for a flop movie like Dil toh Bacha hai jee? I mean…shouldn’t the rates vary basis the potential? Add another 150 bucks for popcorn… 400 bucks per head is insane. I’d rather download and watch it when I am bored
- The DVD of ‘Being Cyrus’ cost me 500 bucks and the movie was crap. Why would anyone price it so high? Especially when the movie was a flop
- Atleast a book worth 500 bucks has more than 500 pages… atleast there is quantity if quality is not guaranteed
- And the price of books does not fluctuate on basis of the reputation of writer…so, Chetan Bhagat’s books will always be priced around 200 bucks no matter how many books he sells. The price will not shoot up suddenly
- I read that a particular movie’s songs were being sold at minimum price online… 10 bucks per song to prevent piracy. Why will I pay 10 bucks for something that I can download for free? It is not about the price but the fact that something is available for FREE
- These days, movies make money even before their release… they sell distribution rights for theatre release, global release and TV release. Why should my 250 bucks add to the profits if the filum is not worth it? For books, the only source of profit is sales
I think piracy is good… it keeps the movie industry on its toes and pushes them to make “good” movies.