When an HBO exec shot his mouth off and boasted that piracy was good for Game of Thrones, he handed pirates, freeloaders, and copyleft activists a big stick to beat creative people with. And boy, have they used it. Anyone would think the guy said, “please pirate my show” (he didn’t).
I believe this exec was suffering from an excess of endorphins, which might have caused a constriction of blood supply to his cerebral cortex. To be kind, he mis-spoke. What he was really saying was, “too fucking bad if a bunch of pirates rip us off, we are too huge to hurt” (he’s wrong, piracy hurts every creator, though the biggest hurt least).
Thankfully, there are other folks in Hollywood both better informed, and better intellectually equipped to address the issue of piracy – who is behind it, who benefits, and what the outcome will be if it is allowed to continue unchecked.
I get sick and tired of hearing about how evil and old fashioned Hollywood is … from people pirating Hollywood movies. Hey, er … If you really, really hate Hollywood and want them to die … don’t watch their films.
Everything else is just an argument about supply and demand.
I agree that we must embrace the future. The clock isn’t going back to Saturday matinees and single channel tv. Things change. Of course. Duh.
But piracy is not a valid means of reform. Piracy disrupts the evolution of a fair market and destroys incentive for innovation in distribution. We would have seen a lot more progress towards fair and quick means of disseminating films, tv, and music online if it weren’t for pirates and desperate, unscrupulous tech ventures that have sought to privilege themselves by crashing the value of the work they exploit.