Pirated DVDs

I went to the church to meet with my branch president, and since I was heading there, Fahim caught a ride and continued on to Majestic City to get some more DVDs. We’re junkies. . .

He picked up a couple dozen – not sure of the exact count, but somewhere in that neighborhood. Oh, and a few boxed sets. It’s really quite sick how many we go through. 🙂

On the ride home after, he told me of something he learned today.

While he was in one of the shops, someone came in looking for a specific DVD of something that was also playing in the local theatre. "No, can’t sell it until it stops showing. We’d be fined 100,000 Rupees if we were caught."

Uh, huh?

So it doesn’t matter that the DVDs are pirates. No one cares about that. No one’s fined or charged over that. But they do care if you sell it while it’s showing in the theatre? Doesn’t that sound a bit odd?

So here’s my question. Let’s use Ocean’s 12 as an example. It’s available here already, by the way. A camera copy, and evidently not a good one since Fahim didn’t get it. I’m half deaf and need to understand the dialogue, and considering that subtitles usually suck – oh, you have no idea just how badly they can suck – we have to have decent audio. Well, it just makes the whole DVD viewing experience better, anyway. But let’s get back to the original question.

Ocean’s 12. It’s not currently playing in the movie theatres. Fahim can buy it now. What happens if, in one month, it does play in the theatres. All of a sudden, for the couple of weeks it’s in the theatres, it’s no longer available for sale? Even though it was previously? So if you miss the window of opportunity before, too bad?

Does this system seem a bit odd to anyone else? Or is it just me?

Author: LMAshton

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