I watch movies. And, as any sane tech-savvy person, I get them via bittorrent. Here in Bulgaria it is still OK to do that without the risk of special forces breaking into your home, although intellectual property laws still apply. And since I appreciate the work of creative people, I decided to pay for movies that I watch at home. Obviously I am not going to rent a DVD, because I don’t even know if there’s a DVD rental store nearby, and I’d certainly don’t want to order it via Amazon and wait 10 days for the postal service to lose it. And some of the movies are just not worth watching on the big screen in the movie theater – they are for a casual evening at home.
So before watching each movie I check iTunes. And if it is not there (and none of the ones I checked were there, or at least not available in Bulgaria), I open the official site of the movie and contact them with something roughly saying “I am going to illegally download and watch your movie. But as I value your creative effort, I’d like to pay, so give me a PayPal account or another means of payment and I’ll wire money equal to the movie theater ticket price”. I’ve done this six times already, and I got no response. Some of the movies were Hollywood ones, some were European. No response.
I will do this a couple of times more, and if there’s still no desire from the creators to get my money, I will just continue to illegally download movies until the film industry realizes that it is the 21st century now, and their distribution channels are way outdated.