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(The New York Times)   Hyman Strachman, an 92 year old World War II veteran, is one of the United States most prolific movie pirates, sending free copies of recent new release movies to our troops overseas   (nytimes.com) divider line 21
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2012-04-27 03:26:34 PM
3 votes:
A better question for Mr. MPAA man would be: Why doesn't an industry that rakes in a few $billion/year spend the $30k to send free movies to our troops so this 92 year old doesn't have to do it?
2012-04-27 11:57:27 AM
3 votes:
this is RIAA's worst nightmare. they HAVE to go after this guy now. they cannot let him get away with this. but...if they DO go after him, the backlash would be EPIC!
2012-04-27 03:12:43 PM
2 votes:

schattenteufel: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 616x364]
...& send it to the troops overseas, would you?


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2012-04-27 02:40:49 PM
2 votes:

kobrakai: Shut him down and provide free movies to the troops. AFTER the movies have come out on DVD.

Assuming you're not just some stupid troll, tell me what he's taking away from anyone?

Box office receipts? Nope. Guys in Afghanistan aren't going to the theater anyway.


While T.M.S. certainly doesn't need my help, you are a huge part of the troll problem, that is your stupid insistence that anyone who disagrees with you is a troll and you should call them out as troll.

T.M.S. may have more of a pro-Hollywood perspective than you, that's because that's his industry and he has enormous experience in it. And listening to him is interesting, enlightening and makes for good conversation.

Calling him a troll because his opinion runs counter to yours marks you as a arrogant, bullying dumbass.
2012-04-27 02:36:32 PM
2 votes:
Hyman Strachman always makes movies for his partners. One by one, our old friends are gone. Death, natural or not, prison, deported. Hyman Strachman is the only one left, because he always made movies for his partners.
2012-04-27 02:29:02 PM
2 votes:

T.M.S.: Someone should go to his home and help themselves to his flags and letters. I'm sure he would be fine having his things taken away by total strangers.


That is outright stealing, which is different than pirating.
2012-04-27 11:50:55 AM
2 votes:
Has he ever bootlegged Up? Because I'm pretty sure being the lead actor in the movie would give him some leeway on copying it.
2012-04-27 07:39:55 PM
1 votes:

Complicit: StrangeQ: Once the movie has made it through the theaters it has made its money.

This couldn't be more wrong and show a lack of education in Hollywood finances if you tried.

Instead, just admit you're a petty, shallow, selfish person who likes to rationalize things they know are wrong.


And you're a petty, shallow, selfish person who has no rational argument for his position and has to resort to insults to try and make a point.
2012-04-27 06:45:10 PM
1 votes:

ParagonComplex: Sgt Otter: We used to buy bootleg "Hajj Movies" from the bazaar on our FOB. Some of the locals were allowed to set up shops, and it was mostly bootleg DVDs, cell phones, fake Cuban cigars, fake AK-47 bayonets, rugs, and hookahs. You could usually get a new release within a week of it coming out in the States, for a $1, complete with fake covers, filled with typos, or copypasta'ed from an entirely different movie.

I remember some dudes watching one of the Saw movies that was months from being released. There was some shots that weren't even finished with the Green Screen visible in the background.

A buddy of mine got every Disney movie made in the last 75 years (including Song of the South) in some big box set for like $25 bucks. Good quality, too.

How did he get Song of the South when it has never even been released on DVD? I remember seeing that in theaters when I was five or so.


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2012-04-27 05:17:20 PM
1 votes:

WhoIsWillo: StoPPeRmobile: "Those are the rules that I just made up."

Yes. These are the rules I use to judge all situations, universally. Crimes should only exist if you can prove harm. If you can't prove harm, then it should be extremely hard to prove a crime took place, much like a murder case without a body. I'm talking about a personal belief system that I've used to determine other things in my life, and one that has served me well. I don't use it to justify breaking laws, I simply use it to judge if I think something should be against the law or not.

If he was selling them to neighborhood kids at $4.00 a pop, then there would be harm. But in this case he was sending them for people that, through service to our nation, are going to be unable to consume the products. There's no harm there, and, quite frankly, if the movie companies had half a brain they would respond to this story by staring to send DVD screeners of currently released movies to the troops overseas, to prevent this issue from being something they would have to do more of in the future.


I get it. Your not a fan of Eddie Izzard. Is it the girlie clothes?
2012-04-27 04:13:15 PM
1 votes:
This guy doesn't even have an IMDB entry. Yet the headline claimed he's one of the most prolific movie pirates.

I call shenanigans.
2012-04-27 03:47:01 PM
1 votes:
I AM curious what his stand on illegal immigration is, and if he's ever uttered the phrase 'What part of illegal do they not understand?'.

Another issue to be torn on...

On one hand, I think sending stuff to the troops is great. I don't buy this 'Protecting America' crap the warmongers like to peddle, but I understand that they are serving their country, have no choice on whether or not to go, nor WHERE they go, and that they don't exactly have a lot to do. This is great.

On the other hand, i think it's bullshiat that they will try and prosecute a 12 year old kid, but don't want to toucgh this guy because their "damaging" issue suddenly became a political hot potato. If actors are starving in the street, as the MPAA tries to imply, this should be across-the-board, nobody gets away with it, but of course, they don't want to be seen as 'Unfriendly to the troops'... They definitely don't care how old the guy is, just that 'troops' is in the equation...
2012-04-27 03:13:32 PM
1 votes:

T.M.S.: That said, I love this old man and what he has been doing. Given the chance I would help him run his bootleg machine. All I ever send to the troops is booze, books, food and porn


You do realize that neither of those are allowed for American troops on deployment right? Unless you're sending it to a specific person you know you're at best ensuring that it ends up in the hands of some unit commander or First Sergeant that will likely dispose of it or keep it for themselves.

If you are sending it to someone specific you are putting them at risk for a very heavy handed Article 15.

I'm sure the Joes appreciate what does get to them, and I'm glad to see you support the troops, but if you're actually sending both of those items you may want to be a bit careful.
2012-04-27 03:05:47 PM
1 votes:
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...& send it to the troops overseas, would you?
2012-04-27 02:49:13 PM
1 votes:

kobrakai: IMDWalrus: kobrakai: Assuming you're not just some stupid troll, tell me what he's taking away from anyone?

He's not a troll. He works in the entertainment industry.

I can also tell you from seeing how these threads go in the past that neither of you will win this argument.

Oh, I know. I just want to watch his mental gymnastics when he tries to argue that copyright violations equal theft.


I don't have time today (too busy making stuff for you to steal)

I therefore declare you the winner. Today and for all time.

That said, I love this old man and what he has been doing. Given the chance I would help him run his bootleg machine. All I ever send to the troops is booze, books, food and porn.
2012-04-27 02:33:14 PM
1 votes:

LeroyBourne: My buddy was over in Iraq a few years back, I'd go to walmart and just stock up on cheap movies, and send it over to him in a care package with other stuff. The porn I dl'd was much more appreciative.


When I was in Baghdad in 2006, what I missed (and appreciated the most) was American TV - especially the "violent" stuff like The Shield and The Wire that, for some reason, we couldn't get on the cable system.

What we got on cable was the news in Saudi, Bollywood movies, Paki game shows, and horrible horrible movies made, apparently, in someone's garage for a budget of $5.

Every week I'd get a DVD from my son and another from my SO, filled with AVIs of the TV shows I liked. Rescue Me, Sunny in Philadelphia, and so on. Most of the guys in my group got something similar from back home.

Every evening, after "orders," we'd pile into the team room, set up the projector, pop a DVD full of AVIs in the laptop and pop a few beers.

So when I got home, I started doing the same thing. I'm still sending packages to Kabul but, thankfully, no longer send them to Iraq.

/the locals LOVED The Shield. Go figure . . .
2012-04-27 02:30:36 PM
1 votes:

kobrakai: Assuming you're not just some stupid troll, tell me what he's taking away from anyone?


He's not a troll. He works in the entertainment industry.

I can also tell you from seeing how these threads go in the past that neither of you will win this argument.
2012-04-27 02:10:25 PM
1 votes:
That guy is seriously a fantastic person.
2012-04-27 01:33:55 PM
1 votes:
Considering that most 92 year olds can't figure out how to turn off the left turn signal on their computer -this is very impressive.
2012-04-27 01:25:49 PM
1 votes:
We used to buy bootleg "Hajj Movies" from the bazaar on our FOB. Some of the locals were allowed to set up shops, and it was mostly bootleg DVDs, cell phones, fake Cuban cigars, fake AK-47 bayonets, rugs, and hookahs. You could usually get a new release within a week of it coming out in the States, for a $1, complete with fake covers, filled with typos, or copypasta'ed from an entirely different movie.

I remember some dudes watching one of the Saw movies that was months from being released. There was some shots that weren't even finished with the Green Screen visible in the background.

A buddy of mine got every Disney movie made in the last 75 years (including Song of the South) in some big box set for like $25 bucks. Good quality, too.
2012-04-27 11:44:29 AM
1 votes:
Why is this arch-criminal not being sued for the millions the studios have lost because of his criminal acts. Age and purpose shouldn't matter to them.
 
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