Just to reiterate, this is all theoretical for me, since the only experience I have with screeners is one German horror DVD I just watched for a Chud review, and I doubt anyone I know would be terribly interested in seeing it anyway. But this part :
Originally Posted by BruceL
* The current climate, in general, is that content creators determine how they want to get paid for their content. With movies, they are usually paid per ticket for theatrical releases, per unit sold for home video, and per channel contract for TV display. So it is unethical for your buddy to come over to watch a screener and not pay back the content creator through one of their approved ways. The fact that it happens a lot anyway doesn't mean it's okay, it just means that the studio can't be everywhere at all times. The fact that PK and her buddies already bought a ticket once: irrelevant. If it's in theaters only, then the content creator has determined that you need to buy a ticket for each viewing. The fact that you feel the ticket or disk is expensive is your problem; if you decide you don't want to pay for something, it doesn't mean you have some predetermined right to own it. It's movies about dudes in costumes smashing each other we're talking about, not penicillin.
would seem to suggest that it is wrong for me to watch a friend's TV. HBO/AMC/Whatever have set a clear price for their product through legal channels, which I have declined. I have no inalienable right to see a new episode of Mad Men
, and no intention of compensating the content creator for the privilege. Does that oblige me to leave the room when it's playing? Is it okay for me to catch part of it incidentally if I'm there for another purpose, but wrong if my sole motivation for going there is to avoid the subscription fee established for the product?