Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Ease of Thievery

I think a lot about why it is that I've acquired so many things through differently legal internet channels. A lot of it has to do with the very simple proposition that my options are seeing these things illegally, or not seeing them at all. Given how much money is worth to me they simply aren't worth the amount they're charging.

Netflix and Gamefly have helped a lot with this, with a fast enough turn around time they can divide the effective charge by as much as twenty times.

However, there is in the end the simple matter of ease. The most recent Futurama movie came out a few days ago, I was alerted about this roughly an hour ago, and the process set forth.

I could go out and purchase it, as I have with the previous two, but that would mean spending $30 ish dollars. I have a netflix on the return part of it's journey already, so I moved it to the top of my Netflix queue. If I was lucky then I would get it sometime next week.

This is when the obvious occurred to me and I simply got a torrent for it. A torrent which claims to have over 2500 active seeds, and more then 4,000 total peers. I've paused every other torrent on my list, up and down, to try and get the damn thing to use more then one percent of it's peers, but it's still going to take a few hours.

Which is fine. A few hours, for free. It's better then a few days for little, which is still better then Thirty dollars. Piracy is just easier.


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