Dustin DeWinn wrote:I think it justifies torrenting and pirating in a way. I've had several experiences where foreign releases of songs (bonus tracks, etc) were not available here in the States, so even when I went to legitimately buy it, I couldn't. Torrenting was the only way I could obtain it. It's like, "Dudes, I will pay you for this content" and they still don't want to give it to me.
I don't understand that business model or the legality behind it.
One example was the soundtrack CD for Ghost in the Shell SAC: Solid State Society. Having collected all four of the other CDs from the series, I couldn't get the SSS soundtrack because it was included with the US DVD release of the film, but not the UK one. I replaced my hooky copy as soon as it showed up on iTunes, which I always do on principle, but I had been left with little choice. I wish I had the CD though!
The fact the UK dropped the import VAT cutoff from £20 to £15 makes importing much more expensive doesn't help either. When I bought Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on Amazon.com, it was just below £15. By the time it got here nearly a month later, with changing exchange rates, it was £15.13. I got charged £3.04 VAT and £8 holding charge by the post office, meaning it almost doubled the price.
And they wonder why people download!!!
I have a few examples of this, but one of the more aggravating ones was with Jeffrey Lewis, one of my favorite musicians. I own most of his stuff, and after releasing one of his albums, a Vinyl edition came out on Rough Trade (A British label - he's from Brooklyn) with a bonus track. I don't have a record player, and this song was only available on vinyl. I thought "No problem, I'll just download it." This has since changed, but at the time, it wasn't on itunes or amazon or any music store. I couldn't even find it on torrent sites.
I DID find it on amazon.co.uk, but guess what? Since I don't live in that country, I couldn't buy it. I ultimately inflicted enough self pity on a user on forum who bought it for me in exchange for a Google Wave and Google Voice invite.
But the fact is I was unable to buy it from a UK digital store. (BBC has some country restricted stuff on Youtube too).
ALSO - the band Pinback. On their release of Autumn of the Seraphs, the Japanese and Australian releases each had bonus tracks you had to buy the whole album for, but some kind soul on the forums emailed them to those who requested them. The real kick in the balls was that I had preordered the album from the Record Label and as a gift, they sent out 3 additional bonus tracks, yet the other 2 foreign ones weren't included.