Heads Of Major Movies Studios Claiming They Just Want To Help Poor Indie Films Harmed By Piracy
from the must-be-the-new-talking-point dept
I’m beginning to sense a trend. Just last month, we talked about a top exec at Paramount claiming that his “real worry” about movie piracy online was how it was going to harm indie films, since, as a big company, Paramount could take it. Then, just a week or so later, Sony Pictures’ boss, Michael Lynton, also started talking about how fewer movies were being made due to piracy. Unfortunately, he was wrong. In the past five years the number of films being released has more than doubled and the major studios are making more money than ever at the box office. And yet… they keep trying. Dark Helmet points us to the news that the CEO of Fox Films, Jim Gianopulos, is the latest to claim that movie “piracy” is harming independent films the most (while saying it’s harming everyone in the movie business, despite no evidence to support that claim). He made this statement while suggesting that the US needs to follow France in kicking people off the internet for file sharing accusations (not convictions).
It looks like the heads of the studios have all received their talking points from the same source (MPAA?) on this one. They’re going to talk up the supposed harm to indie films, even as the indie film market appears to be figuring stuff out on its own (in part due to smart indie film producers embracing file sharing as a better means of distribution and promotion). My guess is that the strategy is a response to the realization that those massive box office returns don’t look good when the major studios argue for more draconian copyright laws, so just as the RIAA makes up stories about “protecting the up-and-coming artist,” the major studios and the MPAA are now using a bogus PR strategy of “protecting the indie filmmaker,” when all they really want are more laws to offer additional protectionist policies for the next blockbuster.