Whether it’s illegal or not doesn’t bother me. However, I do think it’s unethical. I rent a lot, and I rent from an independent video store near my house (that also has an amazing collection of movies and employees that are very passionate about film) quite often. I also go to the movies a lot, especially in the winter.
I HAVE in the past downloaded movies, and I do occasionally (but rarely) watch a few online if I simply can’t find them anywhere else. I admit it, but I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. However, if I can’t find a movie anywhere locally, I sometimes will download, but usually if I like the movie (which is often the case with these hard-to-find-movies) I’ll usually order the DVD online. I haven’t watched a single downloaded movie yet this year, and I might not watch one for the rest of the year.
HOWEVER, I do watch television shows online, and I wonder how you guys feel about that? Do you make a distinction, or is it all unethical? I don’t know to what degree this has affected television stations or the shows themselves, but I’m of the opinion that networks should host these shows on their own websites. This way they can still include commercials or other advertising, so they can still get revenue off these shows. I think it’s a new technology that they need to embrace full tilt instead of just hosting a handful of shows. I’d definitely watch a site like that rather than the other illegal streaming sites.