The public library system is destroying the film and book industries. Don’t believe me? Consider this.
I want to see a new DVD release. I could go to Blockbuster and pay my good honest American dollars to rent the movie, thus paying my dues to the creators of the film and rendering the cycle of capitalism complete.
But no! There is another option–one that allows you to get this movie for free using the power of the internet! How can one resist such a temptation? Am I talking about illegal filesharing? No! I’m talking about the public library system.
If I want to see a new film, I simply log on to the internet, select the movie I would like to see, and click on it. Then, I pick it up from the public library 2 blocks from my house. All without paying the movie studios or their hard-working employees a dime!
You might say, “but Trevor, the libraries pay for their copy originally!” Balderdash! So do illegal filesharers who rip a DVD in the first place. The library system is no different.
It’s not just movies either. The public library system in this county alone has hundreds of copies of the new Harry Potter book. Each copy is undoubtedly read by dozens of people. That comes out to thousands and thousands of copies of the book that consumers don’t have to buy! Poor, poor Mrs. Rowling.
Now you skeptics will say, it’s legal to get movies from the library, and it’s not from the internet. But what if it was the other way around. What if the library offered downloads of new films, and there was an illegal underground network of DVD sharing instead? This DVD-sharing network is robbing the movie studios legal or not.
The bottom line is, public libraries are destroying the film and book industries and we must stop them at all costs!