Those two places you mentioned are generally from overseas cinemas/sources. Most likely from countries with lax or no copyright law. So again, pirates will find a way around those barriers. I think reactionary policing of theatres and screeners is a waste of time, as either way... you're fighting an existing problem, not finding a solution for the DEMAND for your product that people are taking. The demand is there, people WANT to see your movie... but they're taking it, because they're lazy. So why not give them a "legit" lazy option?
Studios need to stop blaming the cracks in their dams or finding dutch-boys to stick their thumbs in the dam and just build a better dam.
Originally Posted by JonStrickland
I also think that ultimately it doesn't matter if we know how bad it is -- what we need to concentrate on are ways to decrease piracy. And I agree that making content easier to purchase/consume is a good option. Another good tactic is to explain that legally-purchased digital media comes with other benefits -- not just extra features, but the benefit of not being a damned virus. Pirated material can give no such guarantee.
100% Agree. I doubt people will ever be able to quantify exact "damage" amounts to any kind of film that is "hurt" by pirating... because it's not regulated or recorded. I don't buy that there is detrimental effects to your "on the ground" person in film-making, there's always films being made...I just don't see it. But I do agree, on some level... your smaller, indie films may
not see the light of day [from an ideas generation/funding standpoint] if a major studio was hurting from regular pirate purges. I don't think pirating would be the sole cause
however, because I honestly don't think it's as dangerous (financially) as people make it out to be.
The BEST thing the studios can do is start doing actual research into pirating and see how it works, then figure out how to make money out of it. Whether it's buying up a site like Rapidshare and distributing through them for a fee or simply starting their own - it doesn't matter, they need to INNOVATE instead of being reactionary.
People will always share-material. Whether it's photos, books, music or movies. You can call it pirating, stealing or whatever you like, but it cannot be stopped. What it CAN be, is managed and turned into a lucrative source of income for the studios, if they're smart about it.
...a good place to start is what you talked about, those "other benefits" and quantifying them as things a consumer might want. Do some research, don't fight media-sharing, embrace it and turn into something workable from a business standpoint.