What's has happened with these Pathe clips? I used to be able to just view them online, but now it seems that in order to view anything I have to
I came across this 1932 clip "UPS AND DOWNS - by the THREE BONOS - The new style of clowns",...
- Click on the "Download Video" button (after concluding that that's the only button likely to get me a view without purchase).
- On a new page that appears, select my "country of residence". (This particular video seems to be listed identically three times on this page, though with neither means nor reason to select among the three listings, but that's a side issue.)
- Click on the "Proceed" button, which brings up yet another page requiring input.
- The required data are:
- Full name
- Email address
- Street address
- City, and
Why are they collecting this information? How will it be used? And what's the point, since I doubt that they are able to tell whether the person filling in the information is telling the truth or lying, anyway?
So instead of simply clicking on a start button for an inspirational view, now after a series of previously unnecessary actions I'm left wondering whether I want to add my personal data to yet another database over which I have no control... or perhaps the moral dilemma of whether I should avoid that risk by simply filling in fictitious information. But until I decide, it seems I can't view any of their neat stuff.
Another annoyance, though one I'm sure many would consider trivial, is that "Title" is a required bit of personal data. Furthermore, one must select an entry from their limited but incomplete list:
Also, that list requires most individuals -- those who are not "Dr", "Professor", or "Reverend" -- to make an implicit declaration of their sex, a requirement that I believe is illegal in some countries (I'm not sure about the UK, or more broadly, the EU). Furthermore, it requires some individuals to lie in order to continue, since they possess official titles which aren't in the list... "Lady" and "Father" (not the same as "Reverend") among them.