The firing of FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman came just four months after the London Sunday Times , another News Corp entity, published an article also showing the ease with which movies can be downloaded from the Internet, Mark Lynch, a columnist with TheWrap.com, observed Thursday. Commenting that the decision to fire Friedman, who wrote about how he was able to download a copy of X-Men Origins Wolverine and went on to write a favorable review of what he saw, "does reek of double standards," Lynch noted that the article began temptingly "Fancy watching the latest Hollywood film in the comfort of your own home tonight, free of charge?" It ten went on to note that the pirated movies "are not the grainy versions filmed in cinemas with shaky camcorders and marred by the occasional member of the audience walking in front of the camera, but can be DVD-quality versions, sometimes even in high definition." The article then went on to recommend special equipment for downloading movies, including one inexpensive hard drive that "will download films to its [1 Terabyte] drive on its own." And while the article warns that downloading is illegal, it goes on "There is no record of a film downloader being prosecuted in the U.K." And presumably there is no record of any employee at the Sunday Times being reprimanded -- let alone fired -- for running the article.

10/04/2009