A lot of indie films by-pass theatrical release entirely. If they end up getting pirated on the web, what about them? Doesn't that directly impact their sales in a negative fashion?
It's one thing to be back by a major-studio and big bucks, but if a film is a lower budget project, financed by smaller (not rich) investors, don't they deserve a return on their money.
Also, indie producers often have to pay the SAG agreements, etc. and so have expenses off the top BEFORE recouping anything. It would seem that piracy does hurt producers in these situations.
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