While I do not condone stealing works from people who put a lot of time and effort into their projects, I'm sick to death with these threats.
With music, it does finally seem like we've reached the end of an impasse, now being able to buy unrestricted mp3s at nearly-reasonable prices.
But it's films and TV shows that bug me - I have an open wallet for the first service that allows me to pay a small fee (maybe £1 per episode of a TV show or £2-3 for a movie) for unrestricted Divx's, to use as I wish. That £3 could go directly to the producers, with no costs related to DVD production, distribution, physical shops and shelves etc.
With TV shows like, for example, House and 24 (I guess I'm talking US shows), it is unacceptable - when there is a viable distribution network - that I have to wait 3 months - 10 months to watch these shows. If i want to enjoy fan-banter on imdb, as part of this global community, I want to watch it as soon as it's feasibly possible (i.e. as soon as it's been broadcast in America) and to that extent I have no issues using torrents to watch my TV. If I really like the show I will buy it on DVD, but unwillingly because all I'll do is bin the DVD and keep watching the Divx's, which take up no space in my house, can be streamed to any laptop/TV, or can be converted to portable media.
When I see community sites like B**M**V, a private-tracker ran by a small core of 20 cappers, providing instant access to shows, a site that is a community, it disgusts me that the networks cannot rig up a similar venture - these types of sites are putting the networks/Hollywood to utter shame. It would take a whole day's work to provide a legal paid site which would function in the same way. From my end, I'd happily pay 50p per episode of House (equal to £14 or a DVD of a season, again without the distribution costs), if it was unrestricted and advert-free. That must provide more money to networks than what advertisers would pay for my attention. ("WOW BUY DAZ!! IT CLEANS CLOTHES 10 PER CENT BETTER THAN LAST YEAR WHEN WE SAID THE SAME THING ABOUT OUR PRODUCT THE YEAR BEFORE!!!).
Again with music, we're slowly getting there, but as far as I'm concerned with video, I won't play ball until the networks pull their fingers out and stop being scared of this newfangled internet thingy, because they can't see that there's, ahem, "nothing for them to fear but fear itself".
Sites like Mininova - I really appreciate the role they play at the minute. I can't condone software infringement, or child-porn etc. but with videos, they've got my full support.
Oh well, time will heal all, because in five years we all know from what pipe most of our content will be squeezed from. Hopefully the dinosaurs will be killed off in that time.