Monday, June 4, 2007
Canada cracks down on pirates.
And no, not those Pirates. As At World's End goes into its second week as the #1 film in America, Canada has introduced a new law dealing with real-life movie pirates which would impose a jail sentence of two to five years on anyone caught recording a film with a camcorder in a movie theater without the manager's permission.
According to the MPAA, Canada accounts for a quarter of all pirated movies. Which is a bit ridiculous. And also, who cares? Who cares if the stars or studios who constantly churn out repetitive, inane bullshit lose money? Who cares if terrible movies sink like they should?
Does anyone other than the MPAA and the U.S. government actually consider piracy a threat? Because I don't. The real threat? DVDs (legal ones). Americans are lazy folks, and if they can just wait a couple months and get a new flick mailed to them where they can watch it on their sofa, that's what they'll do. The vast majority of world citizens do not practice film piracy, so stop blaming it for everything that's wrong with the film industry.
Start blaming yourself, Hollywood.
(That picture is fucking hilarious, by the way.)