So, the first sup/tg/ Horror Movie Night went off quite splendidly; we watched the original The Haunting from 1963 last night, and it was just as good as I remembered it. Our next movie night is scheduled for this evening. I'm not sure exactly what we're going to watch. I'd prefer older, public domain movies, partly because they're awesome and partly to avoid thorny legal issues; the exact same principles of watching a movie with friends in your own home and watching a movie with friends over the internet should apply, but given how copyright law has gone apeshit wild all over individuals' rights in this country there's potential for trouble. (While writing this post, I looked up "public domain" and "fair use" on Wikipedia, and it seems that everything ever forever is permanently covered depending on when it was created, if and when it was published, etc. etc. etc. ...)
If anyone knows a lawyer (real or internet) I'd be interested to know what the legal reasoning is behind allowing people in your home to watch a movie if they haven't paid for it, and how or why that wouldn't apply to internet viewing. Is all home viewing technically illegal? If I put a movie on at a party, is that legal? If someone peers in my window while I watch a movie, are they infringing copyright or am I? These questions and more, TONIGHT. Or not.