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On 10/30/08 7:08 AM "Dennis Doros" <email@example.com> sent this out:
> And the real fear is not that digitally, a film could last forever, but unlike
> DVD and VHS, that it can be spread virally -- without loss of quality -- until
> the day comes that only one copy is sold for $29.95 and is used by everybody.
> I do know professors (they actually tell me!) who have downloaded illegal
> copies of KILLER OF SHEEP and shown them in class so it is happening already.
> We sold 12,000 copies of this DVD which sounds like an awful lot, but five
> years ago, it would have sold two to three times more.
Just for jollies, go to <http://thepiratebay.org> and enter "Charles
Chaplin" in the search box. I got 42 hits containing multi-megs and
multi-gigs of Chaplin video.
Don't rights holders check out the bitorrent sites and see if their stuff is
Bitorrent sources are hard to trace, but not impossible. Gee, maybe I could
make a business of it?! :-)
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And the real fear is not that digit= ally, a film could last forever, but unlike DVD and VHS, that it can be spre= ad virally -- without loss of quality -- until the day comes that only one c= opy is sold for $29.95 and is used by everybody. I do know professors (they = actually tell me!) who have downloaded illegal copies of KILLER OF SHEEP and= shown them in class so it is happening already. We sold 12,000 copies of th= is DVD which sounds like an awful lot, but five years ago, it would have sol= d two to three times more.
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