I’ll be honest; the list of fan-edits out there-Harmy, the Apocalypse Now Rough Cut, it’s an endless list-and stuff I’d like to watch fansubbed, etc.-Sentai, fanslatation games, and beyond-is limitless. I hear all the time from every third person on the Internet about this kind of stuff, but live in fear of any kind of legal repercussions or of one day having a knock on the door to have someone come tell me that orange really is the new black, and I ain’t getting Nina Rausch as a cellmate. My brother, currently studying to be an Internet intellectual property lawyer, even recently had an acquaintance get into serious trouble for some BitTorrent issues. Where does all of this stuff fall? I mean this seriously? I own Star Wars on VHS. I used to have the DVD. But apparently the “backup copy” stuff is a load of bunk. I bend over backwards to try to do everything I possibly can through the proper channels, down to buying used stuff on eBay when a bootleg would be infinitely cheaper to having a region-free DVD player. I live in genuine fear of so much as watching episodes of something on YouTube, but with the recent Net Neutrality stuff, I’ve become more concerned than ever. Is there anything black and white here, or is it all grey?
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death