First off, I apologize if this has been mentioned before...its a biiiiig forum. But I was surfing around and came across this story in wired.com from a few days ago - Taking its battle against rampant piracy of films and music to the front lines, Warner Home Video said it will sell cut-rate DVDs in China in a bid to compete on the counterfeiters' home turf. Basic DVDs, to be available shortly after a film's theatrical release, will sell in China for as little as 22 yuan ($2.65), the company said. That's still more than the pirated versions readily available in China for 8 yuan ($1). Warner's basic versions will not carry any DVD extras such as directors' interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the company said. But versions with more features will be available a bit later for 28 yuan ($3.38). According to the industry, theft in China of copyrights and patents cost Western companies an estimated $16 billion in lost sales each year. Despite sporadic arrests, counterfeit books, DVDs and music are easily available on almost every city street and even in shops. So let me get this straight? WB is going to sell high quality copies of DVD's that just came out in theaters in China for $2.65? I assume they are making a profit off doing so, otherwise there would be no real point. $3.38 for a special edition? WB needs to explain to me why I shouldn't feel totally ripped off as a consumer when I pay anymore then that for a specific title. Also, how does this help piracy? A pirate group will simply buy a single high quality copy, make their own copies of it and undercut WB. And / or, Joe Blow tourist will buy one and copy it or release it to the internet for free. Am I missing anything here? This would be a great question to ask WB during their chat. I dunno if I'll be around at the time though.