- It is legal to videotape from TV and keep it for as long as you like.
- Technology is irrelevant. Downloading is not a crime, it is a way of moving information around.
- Providers of entertainment deserve and require the ability to profit from their work.
- Such protection is provided by copyright laws.
- Copyright is “for a limited time”, not forever.
- Eventually copyright comes into conflict with premise 1).
- If a movie has not yet come out in any form that you can access, downloading and sharing shall both be felonies, punishable by jail time.
- If a movie has come out in the theater but is not yet out on DVD, sharing should be a felony and downloading should be misdemeanors.
- If the movie has been released on DVD (or has finished its theater run with no DVD issue scheduled), but has not yet been broadcasted on TV, sharing should be a misdemeanor and downloading should not be a crime.
- If the movie has been on TV or has reached five years from its original release date, recording is legal, therefore neither sharing nor downloading shall be a crime.
It’s just an idea… but I doubt that the MPAA would like it.