From: Vancouver, BC
oh wow.. wait wait.. never confuse the cost of replication for the cost of production. A physical disk may cost $0.70 to replicate when you're talking thousands of disks (the smaller the run, the higher the cost), but what that article doesn't say is that every disk automatically has at least $4.00 worth of studio royalties on it. You know.. paying the people for the work they put into the movie. That movie that probably cost anywhere from $50m to $150m to make. And that doesn't include the added cost of shipping, warehousing, more shipping, and the retail cut..all people that are trying to make money off of that disk. That kid at best buy helping you find the DVD you were looking for wants to be paid for his time too. So no, no disk with content on it, costs $0.70
And silly me, where did I ever get the idea that mere commoners have any legal rights to things they've bought?
And that's my point. You haven't bought anything but the plastic. All you have purchased was the media and have no ownership of the content. Unless you ponied up several million dollars, you do not own any part of the film found on that media. I suppose you feel by buying a book you own the story and can do with it what you like? Try purchasing a Steven king novel, photo copy it, and give copies away..see how long it is before the police come knocking.
That's what copyright is. Steven king, Rowling, Cussler, Paramount studios, FOX, Lucas, or any other "source of material" has the legal right to that work. You do not own it simply by paying for the media the work was presented on.
And it doesn't matter how many millions they made at the theatre. You expect them to just give their work away for free just because it happens to be now delivered on another form of media? Major blockbusters notwithstanding, many movies don't make money now until they're on DVD.
Even movies on "free TV" the studio gets paid, and the station recoups its cost (and hopefully makes a profit) by advertising to you. You're paying for the privilege of watching that movie by being advertised to.
My goodness..copyright law has been in existence (in basic form) since the 1600's.
I get that maybe buying movies is too expensive for somepeople, but at least consider the costs involved in creating that DVD before hand.
< Message edited by David Winter -- 1/11/2008 6:50:04 AM >