Lies, Damned Lies, And The MPAA

My views on piracy tend to reflect Neil Gaiman's, in that most people become a fan of something, or someone, after having it recommended to them, and borrowing a copy of the book, movie, episode, or what have you. Piracy can actually increase interest in an author, and make a person more inclined to track down other examples - legal ones - of that author's work.

Look at the movie Taken. It was "released" online a year before it hit theatres. The producers were convinced that no one would see it, because it had been shared online. When it was eventually released, people flocked to it in droves. It grossed $9 million in the first weekend, and was popular enough to generate on a new action-hero career for Liam Neeson, and get itself a sequel. Why? Because not everyone had seen it online. Those that did recommended it to their friends,and family, and they went to see it in the theatres.

Hell, producers have already figured this out, kind of. It's not uncommon to see five to ten minute clips surface online the week before a movie is released.

Piracy is not the problem that the movie industry, and music industry, and comic industry, and adult filom industry all claim it is. Does it effect business, sure. But, as the video above points out, in a most irreverent fashion, never trust a number until you do the math.

After the break, check out Neil Gaiman's thoughts on piracy. And keep circulating the tapes.

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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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