While I have indeed ranted about this before
, I feel the urge again. Bear with me.
I am currently reading John Rogers' blog, where he discusses, at length, what it was like to make Leverage
. He also, at regular intervals, tells off his overseas fans for torrenting episodes from America.
And then, he says things like this:
The history of the "Zanzibar Marketplace", a criminal clearinghouse, is quite interesting, but you're going to have to buy the DVD to hear us discuss it.
Allow me to explain why this gets my goat.
1) I actually own
the dvds. All five seasons – because, after all, Leverage
is one of my favourite shows, and I want to watch it lots, and I have a private rule that if I have a legal way to pay for something I'm going to watch more than once, I should pay for it.
2) I cannot listen to the dvd commentary he's referencing, because it's only on the Region 1 dvds.
In fact, as a fan who would really like to listen to the commentaries and really loves supporting the people who make my nice shows, I would have to:
- buy a second set of Region 1 dvds via Amazon, hoping desperately that they'll actually sell it to me (because Amazon won't sell some things to Australians no matter how hard we beg)
- torrent it
We get our dvds:
- late (cf: everything, ever)
- if at all (cf: Early Edition
, another show I'd love to check out)
- with half of the special features missing (cf: BtVS
, and the Seth Green commentary)
We get our tv:
- late (by which I mean years
- or by piracy
THESE ARE OUR ONLY OPTIONS.
I have no
legal way to watch half the stuff you guys watch. Ever. Because I live overseas. And, while I will happily spend money on watching things, if there is no way possible that I can ever give you my money
, I'm going to go "screw it", and pirate it. Want me to stop, John Rogers? Give me the chance to buy
the damn thing.