Piracy

The world is English. This is the feeling I get every time I go into the CD shop in my hometown to buy films. It's amazing, I feel I can buy every single film churned out by Hollywood long before it hit the silver screen and look at it in English; screw the subtitles, I say to myself, I want to hear it in English!

It must be that great thing called piracy, and its wonders. I am not condoning but nobody gives two cents whether they are original, or not as long as they are of quality viewing. People come in, and people come out. Jeans, skirts, pullovers. Everyone one is mulling over the film covers. Some are even smacking their lips at the bright girlie scenes.

Its films galore, galore in English and nothing else, the greatness of a language that has been reduced to a source of entertainment communication system to give people the thrill and kick of losing themselves in imaginary moves of grunts, prepared speeches, rehearsed dialogues, mutterings and occasional syntax and grammar.

Action, thriller, horror, romance, features, politically-minded movies as well as documentaries. There are all there begging for your eyes and feel. As well, there are many cartoon films, even Japanese stuck there on the shelves to devour and drool over.

It's all in English. The titles, headlines, short blobs and captions. It is English the simplified way. The extent of variety is amazingly popular. What they don't have, they can probably get at a fraction of the price anywhere in the world.

The CD store is actually better than a bookshop, certainly the covers are much more interesting and revealing for their punch. There is more first class action, the covers beg for uncanny attention with the store serving as a browsing station for you to have the luxury of peeping through its collections. Buy, buy, buy, a voice in your inner ears shouts!

This is how they lure you. Thousands upon thousands of CDs are there in front of you packed tightly in neat shelves, that give the impression that indeed, the world is English, not French, not Italian or certainly not Arabic but English, English of the dynamic, exotic, melodious, comical, serious, and dare I say sexy variety.

You pick, you choose and back home you indulge and watch. The sum total of a language culture!


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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast

Regarding piracy, you and a lot of people in Amman Jordan may not care, but artists and their record companies are being robbed millions of dollars because people don't care. If people want to support an artist, and keep people of record companies employed, don't buy pirated goods.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

I do care, in fact some years I go I was involved in a media campaign in Jordan to make people more aware of respecting IPR. It went on for sixth months. But the situation is so rife that it is very difficult to get ready of piracy. The problem as well that many people in this part of the world can't afford buying originals which also exist in major stores. Its a complicated situation.


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Saleemayoub 5 years ago

First I am not for piracy of any kind, whether in the sea or in video-shops. But there is a simple fact related to film making, especially in Hollywood. Movies' budgets are astronomical.Stars are paid in 6 digits.That's fine since these films are tailored for affluent socities.If producers do not make profit, they will change profession.

What the so called IPR is saying to the less affluent societies is also straight forward: You must pay the same fee to enjoy our productions as we do in here.If not you are pirates!

Every one is after his bucks.But some want very big ones and many do not have enough!


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rumbling 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

I think piracy is a bad thing, but as marwan has mentioned in his comment the cost is also a deciding factor. I'm from Sri Lanka and 1$ is equivalent to around 115 Sri Lankan rupees, so most people have a hard time buying expensive software. So this is one reason why piracy is common place here.


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai

Nice to read your article Marwan. Agreed that piracy is a complicated issue.

And the Internet is multiplying the effect of piracy.


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marwan asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thanks. Very true. Much a complicated issue


Brandy 22 months ago

Great hammer of Thor, that is porllfuwey helpful!

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