OK, so I am 100% opposed to any form of intellectual property piracy for so many reasons, but mainly because it is wrong to do it. That does not mean I do not feel the tension. Especially when some owners of intellectual property still look at the world with 20th century glasses.
Case in point: LOST series from ABC. LOST is a great show, as far as these things go, and my older kids are addicted to it. When the first few seasons came available to rent on DVD they rented them and watched them all straight through...(no commercial breaks on DVD rentals). But the current season is obviously not out yet in DVD. And then I hear from friends in the US of A that ABC hosts LOST for free streaming right from their website...so I go to ABC website, click on watch full show, and get this:
What do I tell my kids now? After all, they all have American passports, we will physically be in America in the Summer...why is ABC blocking Israeli IP addresses??? Well, because they are managing content in a very old fashioned way...with 2 shakes of an IP proxy I can get around this "walled garden" approach of ABC, but I will play along, because that's the way I am. "If" my kids can download it elsewhere, however, not sure what I will tell them. Thanks ABC, for putting my ethics to the test. :-(