LA Times' Propaganda Piece Claims Piracy Hurts Filmmakers Without Any Actual Evidence
from the oh-come-on dept
Reader jjmsan was the first of a few of you to send over this silly piece in the LA Times claiming that independent filmmakers are being hurt by unauthorized file sharing, but it’s completely devoid of any actual evidence. It kicks off with the story of one indie film director who released a movie and insists that he’s been harmed. But what’s the evidence? Well, a lot of people have downloaded his film. Ok. So? When other movie makers saw that, they put in place smart business models to encourage people to buy something, and they did quite well because of it. By embracing file sharing and combining it with smart business models, tons of filmmakers who never would have been able to do anything with their film have now been able to build an audience and make a living.
The filmmaker in the story, Greg Carter, doesn’t seem to have done any of that. He appears to have just complained about people who wanted to see his movie, rather than giving them something to buy. And while he insists that he’s “lost $100,000 in revenue,” he never seems to recognize that there was a good chance a lot fewer people would have cared to watch his film in the first place if it weren’t for file sharing. The fact is that he failed to put in place a business model that embraced how people wanted to view the film. It’s not “piracy” that’s to blame, it’s Greg Carter not putting in place a smart business model like a bunch of other filmmakers have done.
The article also highlights a filmmaker, Ellen Seidler, who complains about spending hours a day sending emails to file sharing sites, demanding they take down her film. Just think how much better she could be doing if she spent that same time connecting with fans and giving them a reason to buy.
What a waste of space by the LA Times, who shouldn’t be misleading people like this with bogus articles. It’s articles that portray these people as victims, due to their own lack of business initiative, that does real harm to filmmakers. If, instead, the LA Times focused on smart filmmakers who are in the same situation as Carter and Seidler, but instead embraced it and are making real money because of it, they’d be helping. Instead, they’re just making more of a mess.