QUOTE (Warlord @ Oct 4 2009, 09:25 PM)
I'm co-signing BG on this one. Piracy is fucked up.
Living in China for 2 years now, I can tell you for a fact that piracy does have a negative impact on the economy, especially in relation to media; how it is produced, in addition to the quality.
There are no intellectual properties in China, and Piracy is RAMPANT. We'll look at 2 categories for example:
Musicians in China make ZERO money from their albums. As soon as an album is released, legitimate copies sit in record stores (well, CD/DVD stores) and go nowhere. Meanwhile, the pirated DVD shop or hillbilly dumbfuck selling goods on the side of the road is selling the bootleg for a fraction of the price. And I mean fucking fraction.
Legitimate CDs generally run you around 80 - 100 RMB.
Pirated CDs run you about 5 RMB. Or less.
So, all you fucking Einsteins out there, what do you do? If you're a Chinese dumbshit you buy the pirated version because it's cheaper, and laugh all the way home about how "smart" you are.
But here is the catch, and one that should be pretty obvious: You are DESTROYING the industry!
Because these artists cannot make money from their CDs, they are forced to make all of their money through countless shitty concerts or through TV advertisement deals. Bullshit advertisements too, like fucking toothpaste, green tea, what the fuck ever.
But the catch to that is... the revenue stream still isn't enough to support a career. That's why there are no more music artists in mainland China. Because it is a corrupt cesspool.
Every music star in China comes from somewhere else: Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc... all places where intellectual property rights are valid and protected, thus allowing said star to earn the revenue he/she is entitled to.
Same issue as music, only 1,000,000,000 times worse, because it costs more money to produce a film than to produce a song.
What happens when a film company produces a film that goes to theatres and then, in turn, every cinema sits fallow because the people are at home downloading the film or buying the bootleg from hillbilly dick on the side of the road?
I'll tell you what happens. Studios stop investing money in film, and so do advertisers. Because there is no money in it. So what you're left with in the end is shitty-ass, poorly-acted, poorly-funded crapfest films that are bereft of quality of any kind. You thought Hollywood was bad? Not yet, mother-fucker. Not fucking yet.
I don't want to hear no more shit about how downloading songs or movies is "sticking it to the man," or about how these huge, rich companies won't go down because a few dimwits are sitting in their basements downloading music or films.
As BG said, this is all about capitalism. Everyone has to do their part. Stealing is fucking wrong. I don't care how you pay for your entertainment. If everyone who downloads music pays for it, cool. But anyone doing that shit illegally for free can suck a fat cock full of jizz that just came out of an orangutan's steaming asshole, and then die a grizzly death asphyxiating under a 10-ton pile of hot, smoking dog shit.
I was going to bring up China, but it's like arguing with a brick wall.
And the stagnation of the American music, television and film industry IMHO can be seen already.
"Reality" based shows are not simply another nitche genre...they were created out of a need to provide cheap entertainment that does not require a lot of financial output. Record companies have no interest in finding the next Metallica or NIN because a huge act like that will require a large contract worth a LOT of money. Why do that when you can take a guy like Clay Aiken, a little small town nobody....get him to win on a show...then give him a small contract that gives him more money than he's ever seen in his life...YET...is nowhere near what they would have to pay an established act. Once his popularity wanes you cut him and sign up the next big thing....it's cookie cutter mentality....and it came about as a means to save money due to losing TONS of cash from illegal downloading.
More and More films are going direct to dvd and totally skipping the theater once again as a cost saving measure....the studios know that once a film is released on a Friday, their product is already copied and circulated within a few hours...so why spend money on distribution and press? As a result we have TONS of "B" quality films being accepted as top level film.
As an avid lover of music and film....these last 7-8 years have been terrible. This is why I take media theft personally....I feel like I am being denied high quality entertainment due to the actions of others.
I'm paying the price for their theft. AND....it's not like I am asking anybody to do anything I myself don't do. All I'm saying is pay for what you consume....which again, is simply the entire basis of Capatilism.
Man....I HOPE you are wrong about it getting worse....but I'm sure it most likley will.