Keith Arthur: Don't buy pirate angling DVDs

When I was in Key West, a wall plaque in the little cottage I stayed in advertised a local bar called ‘The Rum Barrel’. Their logo is: ‘Pirates, Passion, Plunder’. For the first week I thought it said: ‘Pirates, Passion and a Plumber’! Well, it is Key West.

But on a more serious note, I am not in the least surprised that production companies are finding it ever more difficult to protect the rights of their products.

There must soon be a technical means invented of making copying impossible, thereby stopping ‘ripping’, as it is known.

Over the past few years there have been DVDs of the Fish O’Mania final available less than 24 hours after the final whistle, advertised freely on angling web forums.

Maybe one day there will be a shock coming, and a seemingly innocent purchase will end up in court, costing the guilty party more than they thought possible ¬ certainly more than the couple of dozen fivers they take in sales.

Digital recording is its own worst enemy as copies have virtually no deterioration in resolution ¬ even second and third generation copies are excellent.

It costs a whole load of money to make a DVD. Edit time alone can run into tens of thousands of pounds and it takes a very dedicated team using two cameras to make one day’s filming into one hour of angling DVD. In the case of Catching the Impossible, ‘a-day-a-minute’ is more likely.

I refuse to believe that someone somewhere can’t create a program that corrupts any attempt at recording from a DVD. Maybe a chip that prevents disk to disk recording? I’m a long way from clever enough to try such a thing, but if I was running a ‘make to sell’ DVD business I’d as sure as hell be trying.

It’s very different for film companies, of course, even though they are regally ripped. They have original seat sales in cinemas followed by television release before their own product comes into the stores for silly prices.