I understand how easy it is to download films and yet I have never downloaded a snowboard film. Each year while I would love to buy a lot of films…some years I am limited to what I buy and support. In the end I continue to support snowboard films by paying for them. Regardless how you want to package it…it’s stealing. Earlier this year I had someone come to my blog and steal all my photos from SIA, put their own watermark over it and feel that it was okay to not give me credit for it. I understand this is 2008 and it’s easy to grab anything you want on the internet…but does that make it right? No it doesn’t…it’s still stealing from someone else. I don’t walk up to a resort and yank someone’s Burton board because I think I deserve to have it for free. It’s just another way of stealing from another shredder and we all know that it’s not just films getting stolen today. I didn’t always think that way about downloading and who it would impact. I used to be one of those people downloading music but with the launch of itunes and magically the instant loss of my songs in my itunes, I changed my direction. I now longer have a program on my laptop that allows me to download and everything on my ipod now is from itunes or cd’s.
I understand it’s easy to get it for free versus paying for it. But realistically all you are doing is hurting the people behind it, who bring it to you , who work hard all winter to create this film. It’s awesome to see companies put out free videos, but the level of filming, locations, riding, riders is not even comparable to movies that you pay for…and to go and steal that from them without paying…doesn’t make the future of snowboard films any brighter.
Last year I bought only two snowboard films, Rome’s Any Means and Absinthe Optimistic. I attended film premieres to see a couple others but in the end, those were the only two that I could afford to put money down for at the time. This year I stepped it up and bought a couple films that I wanted to keep and own. I also knew that my friends would want to watch and see them.
Here’s what I bought this year:
Bluebird Movie – $18.45 Let It Ride – $19.45 Stack Footy – $21.45 Ready – $26.45 * That’s It, That’s All – $26.45* No Correct Way – $24.95*
Price I paid knowing I’m supporting Snowboard films Total: $100+
For three of those films, I received a discount or discount code to pick them up. I will probably pick up two others as well. I had a friend over a couple days ago to watch Ready and when I called another friend up about coming over…he had already bought it.
In a recent Transworld Business article, Mike Lewis discusses the latest trend in stealing snowboard films. It is worth checking out the article and the comments by fellow shredders. This is an issue that needs to be discussed and fixed, whether it’s changing how snowboard films are made or other changes that haven’t been discussed yet.
The members of Burton Community have a discussion going on the pirating of snowboard films and in response to Mike Lewis’ article. Some really good points are being brought up regarding downloading, justifications and ideas for the future.
As a user of Itunes, I would like to see more shred flicks make their way to Itunes available for download. I have paid to download Forum’s “That” and was really stoked to purchase a snowboard dvd that way. Through Itunes I also watch FUEL TV and Snowboard Realms, and would pay a price to continue watching those. It would be cool to see that way of paying to download snowboard films becoming more mainstream.
We’ll see what comes of snowboard films…I would like to see the high end films continue to be made, continue to be supported and snowboarders not stealing from each other.
From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!