Pirating…Movie Studios

As far as anyone is concerned, I don’t pirate anything, from anyone (thats my story and I’m sticking to it!).

Okay, now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, I want to talk about pirating and the movie studios. Why haven’t they (the movie studios) figured out that (some) pirating is or can be good for them? That X-men movie that was “released” to the internet before it was even finished may demonstrate to the studios that perhaps it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for it to happen. They are now talking about how it might have a distinct advantage because of all of the free publicity it is getting by being in the news and by being in the news way before its release date. Even before its intended advertizing was to commence.

In my opinion, the movie studios should be promoting and even supplementing an enhanced in-theatre experience. If its their intent to kill pirating, then thats how, if at all, it will come about. Pirating won’t die by prosecuting everyone and their grand-mother. It will die when people realize how much better a movie actually is if they see it in a theatre. The huge screen, amazing sound system, 3D, perhaps free popcorn, or other in-theatre activities that otherwise won’t be seen or experienced unless it was at the theatre. Just think of the possibilities if movie studios worked with theatre owners to enhance the experience. It could be so much better.

Releasing movies, perhaps in a lower quality to the Internet will also help kill the idea of pirating. People would be able to download a movie of their choice, see if they are interested in seeing it then “experiencing” it at the theatre in all of its intended glory. Think of how good that would be.

So if there are any movie studio execs reading this blog (I know you’re out there!), why not spend the money you’re wasting on litigation and start putting it towards a better in-theatre experience. Then perhaps the people to whom you’re causing bankruptcy issues with in trying to defend themselves from YOU may actually stop pirating movies and actually show up at the theatre instead. I’ll bet if you “crunch” those numbers you’ll find you come out waaaay ahead…and you won’t take a killing in the press for it either. Just a thought.

2 Responses to “Pirating…Movie Studios”

  1. Shawn Crosby Says:

    I think while we’re at it we should promote child labor and slavery…once people realize that the quality is much better from willing workers, they’ll abandon their deviant ways and go back to paying the higher wages of the skilled craftsman.

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree wholeheartedly with you.

    The notion that stealing is in any way good for a commercial entity is ridiculous. Its like saying that shoplifting helps because it gets rid of old stock to make room for the new stuff, and that’s good for business. There is no viable strategy that a company could put together that would allow for an uncontrolled distribution of their product or intellectual property…the goal of a business is to expand a market, not scuttle it.

    In the long run, piracy, theft and general contempt for any commercial enterprise will result in poorer quality product, and repetitive, un-innovative releases of the same recycled gibberish that has become commonplace even today. Producers and media outlets are making mediocre investments in reality programming for one reason and one reason only…less risk. In the end, we as consumers lose out.

    As someone who makes a living producing a digital product, I know that as soon as that risk gets too high, either because someone gave it away or because nobody needs to buy it, my investors will vanish and look for more lucrative playgrounds…bottom line.

  2. dooohhead Says:

    In some ways I have to agree with you but there is something wrong with the industry/the internet/our perceptions of it/etc and something has to change. The studios themselves need to evolve and not try to force everyone else to evolve to their way of thinking. It doesn’t make it right. Who says what they’re doing is right anyways? You? Society? Our laws? I question them all! Maybe our whole way of thinking about business and society needs to change. Maybe 2012 will rectify our own corruption…lol (see the “American Stonehenge”).


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