embedded below is a 9 year old video about the plight of hollywood and its fight against piracy:
so what’s changed since then?
pirates still pirate, more now than ever before. hollywood still whines about lost sales, more now than ever before.
except that the UK passed the digital economy bill, and the US is trying to push through BS treaties and legislation like ACTA and COICA. the situation went from stupid (suing college students and single moms) to ridiculous (COICA == censoring the internet).
except that since 2002 films like avatar and the dark knight have come out. these sorts of films were supposed to be impossible in an environment of rampant piracy, and yet….
what i find amazing is that hollywood is supposed to be losing billions every year to illegal downloads, how are they still around?
assuming just $2 billion a year in losses – the smallest amount of money someone could lose and still call it “billions” – after 9 years of losses that’s $18 billion. how much is the music and film industry worth if it’s still economically feasible to make movies and music after losing $18 billion?
or is the industry just lying?
or maybe they’re not lying, they’re just bluffing. you know, like a strategic move. how a tactical retreat isn’t running away, it’s a strategic move? or how withdrawing from a losing campaign isn’t a defeat? i guess that if you plan ahead, doing something cowardly isn’t cowardly. yeah, premeditated cowardice isn’t cowardice, it’s strategy.
fair enough. i say it’s time to call the bluff. when someone talks about losses due to piracy i think the uni-lateral response should be “if you’re losing money, then quit.” it doesn’t matter if it’s a big name hollywood film maker, record exec, or an indie folk singer. if someone does something remotely connected to media, and they complain about losing money due to piracy, tell them to quit.
for bonus lulz add an immature expletive.