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The answer to Brian's specific problem is simple.

Since Sherlock is co-produced by PBS, who rely on a totally different revenue model, that of donations and government funding - you viewing it on their channel doesn't matter as much. Since some of your tax dollars already go to PBS, you have already ""paid"" something for it.

If you don't feel this is adequate, you could always support your local station during their next pledge drive. That way they have money to produce/license more content like Sherlock."


Mathew


I have a few for you and I'll present them in a 'slippery slope' type progression. Where would you draw the line?

Situation 1 - I want to watch it on my iPad

a) I have the DVD in my hand. Is it ok to use software to bypass the copy-protection to rip and transcode it?
b) I have the DVD in my hand. Is it ok to download a copy of the same disc rather than ripping and transcoding?
c) I have the DVD at my parents home (my copy I left there). Is it ok to download a copy of the same disc rather than ripping and transcoding?
d) I have the DVD in my hand. Is it ok to download a higher resolution version of the same movie?
e) I have the Blu-ray in my hand. Is it ok to download a lower resolution version of the same movie?

Situation 2 - The movie I want to watch is not available. (Out of stock, out of print or regionally restricted)

a) Is it ok to buy a local version, then download another copy that has fan sub-titles added?
b) Is it ok to download, with the intent to buy it as soon as it is available to you?
c) Is it ok to download since it was not made available to you through any other means?
d) Is it ok to download something that was made available for free in another region? What about broadcast television? Or location restricted on the internet?
e) Is it ok to download content which has no distribution deals made for your region, but delete them when a deal is made?

Situation 3 - The movie was deleted or damaged

a) Is is ok to re-download content that you once purchased, but is no longer playable?
b) The movie you bought has a download ticket that has expired, can you download a replacement?
c) I have the movie on VHS but no players, can I download a digital version?

These are all I can think about right now. It's an interesting moral question.

Sincerely,

Steve


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