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Must Read: A Hollywood Director’s Message To Pirates

Must Read: A Hollywood Director's Message To Pirates

Back in June, “Green Street Hooligans” and “Punisher: War Zone” director Lexi Alexander created an almighty splash with her incredibly forthright and fearless post for us comparing online film piracy to the behaviour of the major studios. Lexi’s expanding on the topic in this two part, must-read piece on The Pirate Times where she has a strong message for those to pirates:

“Unfortunately because all the networks and studios are union signatories, you can’t really go rogue because you won’t be able to make a living.

For those of you tempted to think that this is unique to America, I would urge you to look at the film industry in your own country and check how easy it would be for a working class kid to break in. There is a reason so many Europeans come here to break into the film industry before even trying in their homeland.

This is really such a shame, because if only the privileged get to tell stories, how can we be surprised the world reflects the “rich getting richer” narrative?

For those of you who have joined the Pirate political movement to make the world a better place, I would urge you to consider liberating the arts and artists as well, rather than just battling the Media giant as a whole.”

Read the entire post here and follow Lexi Alexander on Twitter (you won’t regret it).

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This is fear based nonsense that is equatable to the osterich ducking it's head in the sand. I have absolutely no sympathy for directors who complain their films are being pirated. Especially at the indie level. It amounts to free publicity and word of mouth is the most powerful marketing tool you can have. Ask yourself how much your distributor steals from you in the first place and how much you would actually see in the end. I say Give it back to the people who give a shit about your film and may tell a friend or write about online. That person might pay to see it. They might rate it highly on imdb or tweet about it. They themselves might pay to see it the next time or to own it or else pay to see your next film. Besides, your argument is a losing battle with increasing obsolescence as the digital era matures. Get over it. The cream always rises. It's a new democracy.


if only the privileged get to watch your stories,,,

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