Dear Proper Green: My brother is a computer geek and likes to download movies from the internet. He likes to tell me that it's more "green" than buying DVDs. Lately, he's started giving my children DVDs of their favorite movies before they come out on DVD and I can have a chance to buy them first. My kids are thrilled, but I think my brother's "acts of green" are causing my children to receive stolen property. My husband says I should lighten up because that's what everyone does these days. Help!!!
Dear Friend: Downloading movies from internet websites may seem greener, but it isn’t. And it is absolutely illegal. Your brother is putting himself and your family at risk by downloading and sharing these movies. And considering the extra resources, such as electricity, used to power law enforcement as they try to interdict such crimes, your brother is not as green as he’d like to believe. But your brother is a grown man and can decide for himself if he wishes to put his future at risk over a bad, cam-copy of Mission Impossible. Your kids are another matter. It’s time to turn the lights out on this feature presentation...tell your brother and your hubby in no uncertain terms, no more illegal movies.
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The “green movement” is a relatively new one. And because it’s so new, ideas about what constitutes proper behavior within the movement are still evolving. But we think it’s important to establish some guidelines to help smooth the way.
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