Another Sunday, another download day. Today I found a website containing descriptions of many cult movies, and more importantly, direct links to a hosting site where they could be downloaded. These are forgotten, non-DVD old films from the 60s, 70s and 80s that one would like to watch but cannot easily get hold of. Like the one pictured here. Many of them don’t even exist on Youtube, which otherwise is a good source for full movies.
A great source for rare films in other words, the only problem being that the file hosting service had several restrictions; download speed was slow, only one download at a time, and a maximum of 3 GB per day (equal to about 3 movies). Of course, there was a premium account type available that lifted all the restrictions, and the price wasn’t bad either. However, I don’t believe that pirates should profit or even have cash income from other pirates. I understand that providing web hosting is not free – bandwidth, maintenance and hardware costs money, but in principle I prefer not to pay money to pirate providers, which this website was, to be honest.
What to do then? Well, I googled for premium account hacks, and within 5 minutes I found a Facebook page that offered 30 day premium accounts. Enough for me to grab all the movies I wanted, without restrictions. Even though these movies were all compressed AVI files and I prefer the full DVDs, I downloaded anyway because these movies are not available to buy, other than as used VHS tapes on Ebay, and that’s too much hassle in today’s convenient internet infrastructure world.
This touches another point I have mentioned before, but I would like to stress it again; if movies are not available to buy, nobody profits from them (at least officially – bootlegs for sale aside), which is the same case if I download them!
I feel I have done something good if I avoided paying money to a file hoster. Not a good deed for me, but for the creators of the movies. If the creators do not make any money from having their movies distributed, neither should file hosters. I do realize the irony here; today I contributed to making pirate file hosting less profitable, which in the long run would make these services disappear, but in reality the worst case scenario would be that movie distribution would shift to another format, another platform, another service rather that disappear. Case in point; how direct download hubs like Napster vanished in favour of torrents.