Originally Posted by MikeDT
Maybe in the USA, where the MPAA, RIAA, Disney, etc. have total power and control over the draconian US copyright laws. They just love the $$$ when you have to buy the same movies or songs over-and-over, every time a new format comes out. Betamax > VHS > VCD > DVD > Blu-ray > ???
Can't see why it's illegal elsewhere. I've already bought the movie once, I don't see why I should be buying it again, just because it's in a different format.
You can't keep changing the jurisdiction on a discussion like that. You're in China. Someone made a comment that hinted it was legal everywhere, which it is clearly not for at least 300 million people.
Originally Posted by kasper007
How is downloading something for which you have already paid copyright for (in this case, by buying the most expensive option) illegal? it is merely format shifting.
As MikeDT said, maybe it could get you in trouble in the US (although i'd love to see someone actually go through a lawsuit), but not elsewhere
Someone will go through with a lawsuit. Maybe they already have. I didn't bother doing a thorough research on the topic, but the basic point is that at least in the US it is illegal to "format shift" that way. You paid for the license to play it on your blu-ray player. You didn't pay to own the movie.
Originally Posted by otc
You won't get nabbed for downloading...only uploading (although bittorrent does both).
Downloading is a strange legal beast and is basically not illegal. Uploading however is distributing a copyrighted work without permission which is illegal.
Maybe in Canada, circa 2006. I just did a quick search on Canadian law and it's clear that uploading/downloading movies and books is very illegal. Music, on the other hand, is more ambiguous.
In the US, it is definitely illegal. Don't listen to urban myths about how it's "time shifting", "format shifting", etc.
This post isn't pro- or anti-corporation. I'm just stating the facts regarding copyright law. I am not a copyright law attorney nor am I an expert in the field. You can rant all you want about how it's unfair, but that doesn't make it any less illegal. Go write your Congressman if you disagree.
(On the other hand, the studios have been nicer recently by including digital copies on the disc).