Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson Comment on Piracy of Harry Potter Films


Jul 23, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As a follow to our post yesterday on the piracy of Harry Potter films, such as the recent Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, CNN has a new video online where actors Dan Radcliffe (Harry) and Emma Watson (Hermione) express their dismay over the piracy and illegal downloading and file sharing of their Harry Potter films. Potter producer David Heyman also comments on the rampant piracy taking place with many films, noting that it not only hurts sales but also affects budgets for future films and more.

Thanks to Katie and CNN!

89 Responses to Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson Comment on Piracy of Harry Potter Films

Avatar ImagePetraN says: I always wait and purchase my DVD's. They look better and I love the extras. Shame on those who buy the these!Avatar Imageafsha_j says: Really..why do people Pirate these movies..I mean,It hardly loosen ur wallet,watching a movie!! =PAvatar ImagePetraN says: Yeah, my first first comment!!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I feel bad for all those people who work on the movies and then it's leaked online or something - like what happened to Wolverine.Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Hehe! That's me! Katie! It's my first news tip. :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: anyone who does something like that is a cheap peice of crap. its stupid. just wait until you can buy the movie.Avatar Imagesianletley says: it's never gd quality why spoil the film Just have patience Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: waiting never kills anyoneAvatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I've never bought a pirated movie - just not rightAvatar ImageLilly-Angel1 says: YUCK. I wonder if they are going to get LIFE sentance? (the people who sold those pirated stuff, not the actors. LOL) Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i hate pirating...i really feel for the business, it is not our right to take what they have worked on, have you seen the credits for those movies?! LOOOONG those are all the ppl affected by pirating. it's sad. and it is true what they are saying, the kinds of movies that we love and grown accustomed to will probably not be able to be made bc there wont be money for them. Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Like everyone else has said, it's sad (which is probably an understatement) that some people feel the need to sell or buy illegal copies of movies. The cast & crew work so hard to create a movie, and this is like stealing from them ... and like Heyman said in the article, it affects budgets for future movies :(Avatar ImagePhylis says: It is so wrong to do that. I know the waiting is hard but considering the pirated material is bad, or unfinished or maybe not what you wanted it's much better to wait. Besides, I wouldn't want to put all those people out of work. Shame on them!Avatar ImageAwakened says: Hopefully anyone who calls themselves a Harry Potter fan will stay away from these illegal copies and have some patience!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I get very frustrated when I hear people say, "I never pay for music." Well, you should rephrase that to say, "I always steal music." It's just flat-out wrong -- whether it's "sharing" music or buying pirated DVDs. It's theft -- plain and simple. Don't do it, and discourage your friends as well. Avatar Imagehepburn says: I don't understand those people! It's BETTER to see any movie (and HBP in particular) at a theatre! It's a shame. :(Avatar Imagemoglet says: I hate it when people think that buying a pirated movie isn't wrong, they say things like "well the film studios have got lots of money" which is hardly justification anyway, it's still theft. There is a whole industry involved and if the companies don't make the money they can't invest in so many new films and ultimately a lot of people could end up out of work. Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Uggh!! HATE movie pirates. Avatar Imagesamlynne899 says: i'll sometimes watch it on the internet,,but i dont really feel bad because i've seen it three times in the theater, plan to see it more, and always buy the highest edition of the movies...its more for people who will JUST watch the illegal copy. Avatar ImageRemsyLuck says: I can't see the video... it's a shame :\ But piracy is never the answer, why settle for lesser quality? WB spent big bucks to make the movie as beautiful and spectacualr as it is, the least people can do is wait and spend a few buck on the official release.Avatar Imageblackhair says: Well its very disappointing to know that within week of release piracy has spread to such extendAvatar Imagesueml says: It's pretty cheap of these people - and the quality is usually low. Just wait, buy it later. Same with music - if it doesn't make money, it will stop being produced. People never thought it would happen with newspapers, but look what's happening. If all these newspapers go under, who is going to write the news? Real journalists aren't going to work for free, and bloggers are more opinion than news. Oh well, we'll see what the future holds.Avatar Imageentoptic says: If you've seen the movie twice in theaters and plan to buy the dvd when it comes out, I'd hardly call it stealing if you decide to download the movie to watch it once or twice more before the DVD comes out.Avatar ImageBellamont says: bah, potter fans who get into pirating the movies aren't that big of fans, I mean, would you go steal one of the books? Besides, quality on those copies is horrible. :PAvatar Imagexhandler says: The films first week is one of the most financially successful, so no, I don't buy that it "not only hurts sales but also affects budgets for future films and more." Avatar Imagebookishgal says: It's theft.Avatar Imagecassadinechik says: Ok, I agree that piracy is wrong and illegal. But we aren't going to stop it. I am afraid the music industry and the film industry should consider better business plans for the future to plan for this as I only see it getting worse. They have tried to encrypt, that doesn't last long. They have tried prosecuting, but it is so rampant they will never get to everyone. The buiness model may well have to adapt. I think television is trying to make great strides with these by supporting things like Hulu.Avatar Imagefearlesshpfreak says: ugh i hate piracy. its true what heyman said. thats part of the reason i refuse to get bootleg stuff.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Augh. Piracy absolutely disgusts me. It bothers me so much that someone would stoop to that level to obtain these films. Why would you even want that poor quality of a film? I find it really offensive. As one of the "little guys" in entertainment...just a scene planner/compositor on The Simpsons, I always feel when anyone steals any movie that it's a personal attack on all of us. It disregards our labor. It's not even about the money. How could you do that to me? It's not fair. That's not how you treat people. I'm glad they put this video together. I think they definitely need to focus more on the rest of the crew though, to get the most compassion. Hopefully they'll wake some people up and maybe make others guilty. I don't think true Harry Potter fans would steal the movie, it's more the casual movie goer, but we should still defend our beloved films! No one should be doing this.Avatar Imagebudgie says: The official movies and videos reward the people who make them. That reward is why they exist in the first place.Avatar Imageswimman22 says: go pirating in china town, cheep way to get movies Avatar ImageGTHunter says: did you hear that piratebay is being sold to a pvt company that is going to make it legal??? how in gods name do you make piratebay legal???Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Yeah piracy is just wrong! DvD's are the best anyway!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: It's just wrong to pirate DVDs, and the same with music. I know people who "never pay for music," but that's just wrong.Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: ..and for the same reasons I wouldn't buy a pirated DVD, I also don't steal cable. Our neighbor offered it to us, and I said "no way." Not living with that guilty conscience! ErinAvatar ImageAelaeras says: Only pathetic people buy pirated videos, they would rather sit at home and do nothing then actually get a job. Its just pathetic..Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Shame shame!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I wouldn’t buy pirated movies, but not because they’re illegal. I just can’t get worked up about the illegalities. I suppose I should feel at least a little shame, but I don’t. I don’t buy the things because they’re junk. I’ve seen pirated movies before and the quality is so bad, trying to watch them is a joke – a bad joke. If you can manage to see much of anything over the heads of people in the audience, then more power to you. But I confess it’s impossible for me to feel sad for WB because some sleazy characters are cutting into their already immense profits. I also know that piracy means more $$ comes out of my pocket when I buy movie tickets. Despite that, I just can’t shed any tears over this. Yeah, I know it’s stupid, but that’s where it is for me.Avatar Imagebpowell170 says: So who noticed the scene being filmed while David Heyman was talking -- that was DEFINITELY the non-existent battle scene being filmed ... and that's definitely Tonks and Lupin in front of Hagrid's -- why didn't the scene make it into the film????Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I agree with ya'll... pirated movies are always of poor quality so why waste the time to watch them?! It's just stupid! If anyone bought or even watched one of these Harry Potter pirated films, than they are not true fans at all!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Oh and I love Dan's reaction.... "Don't Pirate the film, you cheapos!" LOLAvatar Imagecghambright says: Piraters SUCK!! This type of thing really pisses me off. Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: I always wait for the DVDs and soundtracks etc. I hate piracy. :(Avatar Imagestarryviolet says: Question: In between now and HBP's official DVD, would you deride someone for using screencaps from a pirated version of the movie in order to make something like icons of scenes not featured in officially released scenes? Like, the bit at Aragog's funeral, say. If you saw an icon or image featuring Harry's... *cough* contribution to the discussion of why acromantulas are feared, would you look at said graphic in disgust, or would you want to use that icon forever and ever because of its awesomeness? I'm asking honestly here; I've never seen people get upset about icons and graphics being made from pirated versions of the films. We wouldn't have them without the piracy, but I don't see a lot of outrage about it. Is it something that no one thinks about, or is it a willful suspension of anger because it's something we enjoy?Avatar Imagemiss molly says: There was a girl in the midnight showing I went to with a lap top sitting a few rows from the screen. I did not think much of it at the time since people were bring in things like board games and portable movie players etc.. (some people were lined up for over 6 hours) but I guess the girl with the laptop could have easily been recording the film. I don’t remember if I saw the computer opened once the film started but I was not really paying attention to her. My local theater will pretty much let you bring anything you want into the theater they don’t really care and they are a huge US chain. A group of people even ordered some pizzas and they let them take the pizza to their seats. Really this has been a problem for so long. People are going to get camcorders and other recoding devices in if the theaters are so laxed. They managed back when camcorders and other recoding devices were huge and harder to conceal. Now that thins are so small I think it just gets easier and easier for those trying to steal the movies. I don’t know what the answer is besides don’t buy them but there has been a market for these videos/DVD since I can remember way before computers even played a factor so I don’t see this changing for the better as technology gets smaller and easier for those recoding the movies Avatar Imageccking says: this is horrible. no if's and's or but's, this was definitely illegal and uncalled for, we can all wait until this installment is released on DVD/Blu-ray it won't kill us. this shows disrespect towards everybody who worked extremely hard to make this film for us.Avatar ImageLadySidi says: I get the DVD's - for the extra goodies included. :DAvatar ImageMugglejeff says: I agree that piracy is wrong and illegal.Avatar ImagePrincess Leia says: Is there really more piracy for this movie than any other? I don't condone it by any stretch, but I am aware that it exists... and I am just wondering if the proportion for this movie is similar to the pirated proportion of other films? (ie., is it just normal business??) I would imagine that most of us at Leaky are anti-piracy... knowing how we all feel about spoilers... we like to wait for our content and it is always well worth the wait! Speaking of.... have we heard about any HBP DVD extras yet??? (Speaking of the OFFICIAL DVD of course.)Avatar Imagemattsgirl says: why do ppl do it i would rather the real thing because u get the movie with better sound and the bonus discsAvatar Imagemaimiaa says: yeah it's totally not worth it to get a pirated copy.Avatar ImageSirEdwardsGuardian says: What GardenStateGeek said. I also think we should call it what it is: theft, not 'sharing'. Seriously, how can you share something that wasn't even yours to begin with?Avatar ImageClaireM says: It saddens me how quickly these things become available. Piracy is flat out wrong! Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: that's horridAvatar Imagehermionenluna says: that's horridAvatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Dan sounds pretty serious. I'd listen to him! :PAvatar Imagemuggleslovemagick says: The piracy of movies, music, and books is the theft of creativity and talent all over the world. When you purchase pirated items you are literally stealing from the actors, producers, all the way down to the guy who brought the coffee. I hate pirates. I support ninjas instead!Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: Well said GSG, it is stealing plain and simple!Avatar Imagebeewell says: I agree that it is wrong. Those people other than the actors are affected and they deserve to make a living like everyone else. Shame on those who buy or do the pirating...they don't know what they are missing by seeing the real thing.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: its outragous!Avatar ImageFereverto says: I'm shocked that some people can justify their thievery by positing that it's okay to steal from the wealthy. IMHO, it's wrong to steal from ANYBODY! But think of all the people that WB pays to work on the film, like costumers, set builders, camera people, special effects people, etc.;it must run to the thousands and pirates steal from those workers as well.Avatar Imagefireboltfire says: Why bother with downloading badly copied and pixelated films, when you can watch it on a large screen when you can see the effects clearly- and a better experience! I just dont get it why people want to download! Avatar Imageburningpumpkins says: LOL. What is this rubbish? Filesharing is the future. I'm not trying to be a troll here, but it is inevitable. Why would a sane person buy music or video when they can get it for free? Is it reasonable to sham people for acting on rationality, economics? It is no longer a moral card, and the entertainment industry knows it. They've been planning to operate on a different business model ever since Napster was born, and now they are just being sour. Getting celebrities to be better "role models", saying "you're stealing wah wah wah". The music industry has slowly embraced this, many companies gear their sales through concert shows and merchandise, and offer their music for free online, or nearly free. And to be honest, personally I would hate for WB to "succeed" and make as much money as possible. Their films are commercialized, and they've lost the Harry Potter magic. But that's just me.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: The whole thing makes me so mad -- piracy is stealing! It's selfish and rude and just wrong. *stamps foot*Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: I'm not agree with Piracy either!!!Avatar Imagecleber says: IT'S DOWNRIGHT THEFT! PERIOD!Avatar ImageFonty says: My (abriged) opinion of the matter: downloading something for free is not neccessarily stealing. Buying a DVD that contains a movie that was filmed off of a screen in a theatre, well, that is piracy and something that I don´t really support. But if there are no "legal" ways to get t a movie or a TV show, what do I do? If there is a Special in a certain country which is never released on DVD? How do I get that? In Germany, everything is dubbed. But I do want to hear the original. But no theatre has the film, what do I do? Wait for the DVD? Fly to London? I´ve seen HBP twice now and want to see it again - and my local theatre will have it in September! How many times do I need to see it in a theatre, before I can download it for free? Or what if a person lives in a country where certain films aren´t released, because the government or some religion has it censored? There might be situations, were downloading becomes the only option ...Avatar ImageRoseann says: I would be ashamed to own any movie that was not bought in a store. Just think when people come over or ask to borrow a movie they will see that. Why would anyone do this to J.K. Rowling, and to WB and especially to all the actors who work so hard on these films. Avatar ImageMegaframe says: I don't even know why people would pirate or download new release movies. It's always a terrible time-stamped workprint or a version recorded by a cheap camcorder in the theatre. If studios really want to combat piracy: start offering digital distribution (via iTunes, digital copy discs, etc.) at a reasonable price instead of more rhetoric.Avatar ImageToriWeasley says: WOW!!!!! dont STEAL its just gonna get back to youAvatar ImageWolfyWizard says: Everyone who buys illegal copies of Harry Potter movies is a jerk in my book Avatar Imagebiiigbob says: Some movies are best on the big screen for at least the first viewing. later viewings with Legal DVD copies are better quality, and contain the extras bootlegs don't. I prefer the real deal.Avatar Imageboomer says: its too bad people are so impatiantAvatar Imagejediofthelost says: i am sorry about those who bought the pirated movies but shame on them.Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: At least the actors commented on what happened.Avatar Imagemariapotter says: There's two lines of thought I don't understand. The first is something like, "I paid to see it three times already and will buy the DVD so why can't I DL it and watch it two more times?" Well, if I buy six packs of gum, then is it okay for me to steal the seventh pack because ...well, I already bought six? No, it's not. The other is "I don't feel sorry for those fat cat WB executives who make millions so it's okay to pirate the movie?" Isn't that the same thing as saying, "Well, if I go to a WB executive's house and steal one of his/her TVs, that makes it okay since they are millionaires? No, it doesn't. Avatar Imagedeadtree says: I don't really understand why people even bother with pirated movies-- the quality is so shoddy, how can you enjoy it? Movies aren't really THAT expensive, people. Jeez.Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: nice chest hair dan! lolAvatar Imagedakota1084 says: It's because of these kind of people that ruin all the great things in life for us people who obey the rules. Avatar ImageEowynCarter says: i'm going to quote Joe Abercrombie, bacause he saisd it better than i did. """ My own feeling about e-piracy and so forth is that it's virtually impossible to put a stop to - the more popular you are the more torrents will endlessly spring up, and most of them in places where folks don't respond to a polite email. The only effective way to combat it is to provide people with a higher quality service than pirates do, more easily available and at a price that seems reasonable. Then I think most will be happy to pay. """ http://www.joeabercrombie.com/2009/07/e-books-limited-editions-and-exciting.html And hurting sales ? We had to go at a leter showing becasue the one we had originally planned was full... What a mess ! And speaking of that, i had a "yruk" when seeing the price. Was 9 euros, went to 10.20. What the hell ? 9 is already expensive... Same for dvd , they are overpriced here. Mainly becasue of taxes.... Avatar ImageRedbeard says: It's so funny, the comments here differ from those on Mugglenet like day and night. I'll have to agree with the people on Mugglenet though. In the first place, they are really preaching to the choir here, the people who watch this video already give out like fifty dollars every time a film comes out. I can't believe they have the guts to send us this, after WB (one of the biggest companies in the world I might add) postponed the film for 6 months just to make more money. They could make proffits on this movie if they brought out the dvd for 5 dollars, because it really doesn't cost that much to make them. Instead they make you pay 25 dollars for it, because.. well, we'll buy it anyway, won't we? Now I'm going to buy it legal, because I'm just retarded apparently, but I think The Trio should remember that we're not all millionairs like them.Avatar Imagecghambright says: I'm 100% behind this. I don't understand why people feel the need to STEAL movies like this. The same goes for music. There are hundreds of people working so hard to make these films and produce this music and pirates steal it. It's NOT fair and it's NOT right! I'm not going to act like I'm a saint...I've definitely downloaded my fair share of songs, but when it comes to movies I ALWAYS pay money to see it in the theater and I ALWAYS buy the real dvds. It's completely dumb to waste your time on something that's not even the finished product. I just don't understand it.Avatar Imagecghambright says: And to people saying that this is DUMB because they've already spent like 50 dollars watching the movie...that still doesn't make it right! And everyone KNOWS that the people who buy those pirated dvds are not just people who have already watched the movie in theaters. Buying pirated dvds instead of the real thing just decreases the budget on future films and if the budget is decreased then they can't afford to do as good of a job on the movies and that's what HP fans are ALWAYS complaining about...the movies are good enough! Well if they don't have the money then the films are DEFINITELY going to suck! I don't care how long they delayed the movie...it's still NOT right. Avatar Imagexhandler says: cghambright, the Harry Potter films probably have the largest budgets WB have ever allowed... They're not hurt by filesharing. When it comes to the people working on the films, THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN PAID, royalties are not paid out to every person working on a film. And lastly, no one buys pirated dvd, because they're freely available on the internet. Avatar ImageR-for-H says: I always buy my music and films. I just think it is wrong to not pay... It's a sham really!!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: it's sad that they have to speak out against the pirating of dvds, it just proves that too many people do it and that's sad tooAvatar Imagehereward says: C'mon guys, the movie industry is motivated by one thing: money. Its these people who stopped us seeing Half-Blood Prince last year so they could maintain their income stream. The Dark Knight film made over a billion dollars. The British Film industry has just had its most successful year. Do you really think there is a problem? Hollywood is like a rabbbit caught in the headlights when it comes to piracy because they have failed to come up with a business model which harnesses the distribution power of P2P networking. As a result they have adopted a siege mentality, condemning the pirates and forming bodies like the RIAA to into hunt them down. The result is the recent case in the US where a low-income mother-of-four was fined over a million dollars and threatened with jail. Is criminalising people like this how we want the proceeds from our DVD purchases and taxes spent? With the Pirate Bay recently selling for over $7m, hopefully their new owners, together with the recently elected Pirate Party MEP, can work with the movie industry to get a better, FAIRER deal for all of us. Avatar Imagemynameisbrock says: yeah you would think real fans of harry potter would want to wait for the release and spend more money towards the hp industry to really show their support for itAvatar Imagemynameisbrock says: yeah you would think real fans of harry potter would want to wait for the release and spend more money towards the hp industry to really show their support for it

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