Well apparently European countries have some new anti-piracy laws that have us a little shook. Last week France adopted laws that will cut off repeat offenders of downloading illegal content offline! The violators will get warnings from their internet provider that they’re downloading illegal media, wether film or music. If the violators choose to ignore the warnings they will end up getting the boot! No more internet.
Now some Americans feel we need those strict guidelines! It looks like it may be a fine time to find another way to download, cause the dream may be coming to a wake-up. No more getting the album 3 weeks in advance from your favorite leak spot!
Personally I don’t care as much about not being able to download movies, the only time I look for movies to download is around Oscar time when those beautiful dvd screeners get sent out. (I am not a fan of the camcorder style bootlegs). But not being able to snatch up those albums early will be a problem! Especially since they still charge a dime for an album these days. I would rather get the download and if, and only if I like the album, go out and buy it.
Will these laws help boost the sales of music and films in the States? That’s a good question. According to our friends in Sweden, who has similar rules, album sales have increased 18% so far this year.
So my advice would be that if you are in the know and you still need a few more cd’s for that collection, snatch them up now! It just get tight sooner than you think! Look at YouTube, videos are disappearing left and right.