forweg wrote:Yep, the Chinese subtitles are there. So we've established that I'm a pirate-aiding buffoon, then. Wonderful. Carry on.
But do we have to suppose that all
DVDs published in China or with Chinese subtitles are bootlegs? Isn't there one single
Chinese publisher selling legitimate DVDs in China, that one could then also find on sale to Western customers by Chinese e-merchants?
I know nothing about that particular title, but let's say Studio X (in the West) sells the publishing rights for China to Y Corporation; the difference in income being what it is, one may well suppose that Y Corporation will sell the DVDs in continental China for far less than Western prices (let us not forget that the actual cost of physically making a DVD is around 10 cents, so there is still room for profit by selling for less than our usual $20) ; and may we not further suppose that some clever Chinese internauts get hold of a bunch of DVDs at internal Chinese price (say $5?) and sell them with a profit at $10? Something like when I used to buy books or records in the GDR at 1/4 the price they used to cost in West Germany, which was all perfectlyl legal?
Though it is obvious that many
Chinese copies are bootlegs, it does not prove tha they all
are. Admittedly making a line of conduct for oneself based on that is a difficult task, other than "I will not buy one Chinese DVD because so many are bootlegs" or "from now on I will buy all my DVDs in China because they are so mich cheaper". But wouldn't it for instance be feasible to obtain catalogues of "legal" Chinese publishers and see what's in them and at what cost? Or to ask a couple of major Western distributors who they sell their rights to for China, and where one may enquire about it (though they will certainly be reluctant, knowing that it would definitely allow anyone to buy DVDs "made in China" at 1/4 the price and
with a clear conscience)?