I’ve got good news and bad news today people …
The good news is that there are a bunch of free, full-length pirated movies popping up on YouTube lately, and the studios don’t seem to be doing much about it. The bad news is that most of the movies seem to blow ass.
The Wall Street Journal first seemed to call attention to the problem (which we have occasionally reported on as a non-problem with our “5 Best Free Movies on YouTube” series of articles), and though the studios could stem the leaks with relatively little issue, so far they mostly have not. The three studios that primarily seem to be having their content uploaded are Disney, Touchstone and Tristar, so mostly know that you are getting a hodgepodge of schmaltz and old “classics” that your grandmother remembers as being “just okay.” There are a few genuinely awesome flicks on there like “Battle Royale” and “Misery” as well, but if you have first-world-problems like I do, you most likely already own copies of anything worth a damn.
Google, YouTube’s parent company, has a method in place for tracking copyrighted material on the video site, an audio search algorithm called Content ID, but so far only Disney has stepped forward to have a couple of their films (Peter Pan, Snow White) taken down. This poses a philosophical question: If the studios have the power to stop it, and they don’t, is it still wrong to watch the flicks? Yes, yes it is. But I feel like you’re going to do it anyhow.