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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kay makes this point about piracy in a time of war:
What I don't want people to do, however, is download episodes from iTunes or watch episodes on a network's website. WRITERS DO NOT GET COMPENSATED FOR THAT. Our "Moonlight" episode was one of the most popular downloads of the week and we get nothing.

When you illegally download something and the network doesn't get any money for it, they call it piracy. But when you download something or watch streaming video with commercials and the writers don't get any money for it, the networks call it promotion. DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS. Steal from the networks. You KNOW how much they hate it. But we're not supposed to hate it if they steal from us. Somehow, that's their logic. If you don't know how to use Bittorrent, go read up on it. It's very simple, and you can find anything you're looking for [on sites like Torrentz and MiniNova]. The quality of Bittorrent downloads is, ironically, FAR better than the downloads you can get at iTunes or the streaming video on the networks' website. So if it's not out on DVD, don't let those bastards make one red cent off the writers, directors and actors. Because they're STEALING from us.
Piracy in a time of war is known as privateering.

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And privateers are hung.

I mean, you know...executed.

By Blogger frankts1, at 11:25 AM  

Actually, no. Privateers were given "letters of marque" which made them ships of war, and thus entitled to become prisoners of war if captured.

And Raleigh and Drake were knighted for their piracy (which enriched Elizabeth I).

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 12:01 PM  

I respectfully withdraw my dick joke.

By Blogger frankts1, at 12:56 PM  

Canadians can't actually get knighted, can they? That's quite disappointing since I would love to be knighted for downloading television shows.

By Blogger Tim W., at 1:52 PM  

Alas no. Canadians may not receive any honour that carries a title with it. So no Tim W, Kt.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 1:57 PM  

Not sure if you saw but the WGA has set up a page on

With footage from all the picket lines and also they have their main website :

By Blogger Skyfleur, at 3:23 PM  

Does that mean you can't receive knighthoods from other countries?

I can see yourown country not having that honorarium, but to disallow other countries from honoring good works sounds rather...callous.

Pls. give me a social studies lesson here.

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 3:25 PM  

When did networks get this "information wants to be free" attitude? Since when are network suits like 13-year-old boys downloading free porn in their basement?

(frankts1: that's an easy set-up. Go for it.)

By Blogger Lisa Hunter, at 4:05 PM  

Huh? I thought network suits were pretty much 13-year old boys!

By Blogger The_Lex, at 5:00 PM  

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