I know there are a lot of existing piracy threads, but I can’t figure out quite what to do in this particular situation.
My family is watching a show, with several seasons, that is no longer airing new episodes.We have channels that play re-runs, but it’s really hard to watch them in the right order. It used to be on Netflix, but it isn’t any more. It is available “On Demand” for a fee.
I sort of tried to suggest buying it, but my parents thought it was too expensive, and one of my siblings volunteered to get it off the internet. He made some sort of argument that it was legal, because we were downloading rather than uploading. I wasn’t sure, but my parents said I was being silly and it was fine. I know that the files aren’t coming from Hulu or something legitimate, because some of them have wonky subtitles in random languages or bad quality and things.
It would cause a big commotion with my parents if I refused to keep watching the show (I watched a few seasons before it started pricking my conscience). The only solutions I can think of are that
- It might be okay because the show was originally on public television. It was free to it’s intended audience (us). Further, we do pay for channels that air re-runs.
- If it really is wrong, is it okay for me to buy digital copies on my own, but watch the ones from the internet that are already downloaded onto my TV? I’d still be paying for it (even though that’d be tougher on my personal budget than it would on my family’s), but I could avoid a fight with my family where they’d think me a hypocrite and/or a “rules deontologist”.
I’d like to know soon, because they’re planning to watch an episode tonight and I don’t think I can put it off.
(This is a really dumb question, I know.)