Apologists for piracy and freeloading generally fall on any tiny scrap of evidence supporting their evil doing. Occasionally, they get a bone, and boy … talk about spinning an epic from a single bad joke.
When an HBO exec flippantly referred to the mass pirating of his network’s show, Game of Thrones as being “better than an Emmy”, he was probably trying to come across as cool and “down with the kids”. After all, he knew full well that his core audience – the people who actually pay for this very expensive show – are older, honest subscribers. So fuck em, right? Those poor schmucks have already paid their dues. Never mind the freeloaders, maybe they’ll come around in years to come and become subscribers.
As the following essay lucidly explains, the big networks and Hollywood studios are never as badly hurt by piracy as most other film makers, who simply don’t operate at the scale necessary to absorb the losses caused by online thieves.
What about the issue of CHOICE?
If someone really wants to give their stuff away, for whatever reason, I.e to prove the contention of the anti-copyright lobby that FREE=EXPOSURE=SUCCESS, then they are completely free to do so.
There is nothing stopping anyone giving their work away.
But that being the case, where are the real world examples (other than the odd freakish exception, so please spare me those, if you can find even one) of sustainable businesses built on “giving stuff away”.