posted on Aug, 20 2017 @ 06:15 AM
a reply to: WHWIV
That's also true and that's a big part of the whole problem.
Although big companies complain about lost revenue, no big company goes bankrupt because of piracy.
The problem is that the way things work, it's very hard for anyone with an idea to publish it without the intervention of a big company. Things are
now much easier thanks to the Internet, if you want to make your work known you can publish on the Internet, but you will not get much money (if any)
from it, although you'll get your name known and, in some cases, that may give you back some money.
But if you want to make a movie and get real money from your work you are still going to need to work with the big companies, as those control
production and distribution, so you either sell your rights to a big company or you make a deal to get some kind of percentage of the sales (harder to
It's also true that, if big companies see that they are not making enough money (I doubt they lose any) they may start ignoring the small producers,
making their lives harder and blaming piracy, but, once again, it's the "small fry" that gets the pressure, and if nobody accepts a deal in which you
get a good return for your work then you are either forced to publish it for free in the Internet or to sell it at a cheap price to a big company.
There's another thing that I think happens, and that's the big companies pirating themselves to get free publicity. Many years ago, the first time I
heard about Matchbox 20 was when I start seeing their songs on FTP servers with pirated music. I didn't know who they were, but I could see they were
everywhere, so it was logical to think "these guys must be good, everybody is sharing their songs", but I saw it so many times that I started thinking
that the record company itself was using those pirated songs sites to get free and directed publicity. This still happens now, more with movies and TV
series that get "leaked" or "stolen".