This past week I started watching my new favorite show, Jane the Virgin. Unfortunately, I was a little late to the game and the second season is starting in about a month. As a result, I decided to binge watch all 21 episodes on the CW mobile app, but I have only been able to find five of the full episodes. What’s a girl to do?
As we all know (and have talked about in the past), there is now so much great content that we could spend all our days in front of a screen.
And sometimes you just want to binge watch something that you missed on network TV.
Usually, it is available at no extra charge via Video on Demand (VOD), on the network’s website or on one of the streaming services like Amazon Prime or Hulu.
But sometimes it isn’t and you find yourself with a choice…
Do I pay again to watch something I have already purchased (via my exorbitant monthly cable bill)?
Or do I try to find it somewhere where I can watch it for free???
Now, there are many sources where one can illegally download or stream content.
There are BitTorrent sites which allow for peer-to-peer sharing of large files, otherwise known as movies and TV shows.
About a year and a half ago, the Popcorn Time service launched allowing for super easy downloading of content which they warn on their site “may be illegal in your country.”
And most recently, viewers have been streaming live content such as the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match via Periscope.
In July, all of the major studios teamed up to sue a group of entities known as MovieTube for copyright and trademark infringement.
And even Facebook is facing complaints regarding piracy…
So, what does this have to do with us?
Well, piracy may be most prevalent in the content arena, but that doesn’t mean that it ends there.
How many times have you seen a licensed product that was clearly fake?
For any of us who have traveled to Hong Kong, we all know about the back rooms where vendors sell “real” designer handbags…
And with ecommerce sales projected to continue to increase, you can be sure that knock-offs are far easier to find and purchase.
I have seen many instances where small, local businesses “borrowed” archival magazine cover artwork to enhance their menus and in-store décor.
I am sure they didn’t call Hearst Magazines and ask how much it would cost to use that Good Housekeeping image!
Which leads me to the point of today’s post:
Knowing how you would feel if your IP was being used without your permission and appropriate compensation, would you illegally consume content belonging to someone else?
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