Earlier today I went looking online for information and reviews of a film about the life of St Francis of Assisi.
I already own it on DVD, but I wanted to find out more about its production and the actors involved. In my search I discovered the entire movie on a video site (I won’t name the movie or say which site, obviously, as I don’t wish to tempt others to watch it without paying for it). I know that it shouldn’t be there. The whole movie is there to download, and the account holder making it available is not an official one for the movie’s makers, distributors, or anyone else. It’s just someone who’s copied the film and uploaded it whole, along with a number of others from unrelated sources.
Now I can’t report it to the video site concerned because they don’t offer a way to do so if you’re not the actual rights-holder yourself.
Should I therefore report the account holder on that site to the MPAA (The Motion Picture Association of America)? This isn’t an isolated one-off upload by that account - there are several other full length films and TV programs in their upload list, all from different producers. The account holder concerned isn’t making any personal benefit from uploading the movies so far as I know, but they are enabling others to download them without any restitution being made to the people who made the films (and that’s everyone involved, actors, crew, directors, investors, the lot)…
I’ve found the MPAA Report Piracy web page. If I do not report it, am I therefore complicit in the acts of others who illicitly obtain a movie that they should have paid for?