If you live in America, you have to wait until May 7th to see Robert Downey Jr. pound bad guys and booze in Iron Man 2. However, since Paramount's superhero sequel released last week in Europe, several pirated copies of the film made by aspiring Jolly Rogers with camcorders and a seat in a theater have already found their way online-- theaters that were quite packed, I might add, seeing as Iron Man 2 has already scooped up over $100 million from the box office overseas.
Now I'd love to shout, "See, movie studios! Piracy doesn't hurt your box office if you make good movies!", (arguably it doesn't hurt if you make bad movies either, considering X-Men Origins: Wolverine still made $85 million its opening weekend despite a hugely public copy of the film winding up online weeks ahead of time) but that's not what I'd like to discuss. I'd rather talk about what a spokesman for Paramount Pictures told CNET, "It is time responsible governments put an end to it."
You can probably already guess which side of the argument I fall on, but, no, it is not time to hold governments responsible for preventing piracy. And this isn't me pledging my allegiance to the Pirate Bay, either. As far as I'm concerned, stopping movie piracy is such a logistical mess that I'd rather not see my government (or anyone else's) spend a dime in pursuit of such a sisyphian task. By all means the governments of the world should prosecute someone who is caught recording a film in a theater or selling a bootleg DVD on the street in the same way they would enforce the law on someone who steals a DVD from a store, because that is an observable, quantifiable act. That's not what this Paramount ombudsman is talking about, though.