I recently posted a picture of actor Steve Valentine in a kilt (not here, but on the web) where i remarked how i think he is an interesting and great actor.
One would THINK that that would be a compliment.
Instead, either he and/or his agent, the Scottish fashion people who´s show he was modelling in or the TV show he is in might be pissed that i “stole” a picture (despite that my commenting might make it pass as “fair use” ).
I linked and the only way to see the whole thing would be to click and go to the original page of the picture.
This was just a thumbnail.
So have i “stolen” from someone, or am i part of what keeps this industry afloat in the first place?
I would argue that this is just the casette tape argument regurgitated and enlarged.
They call it piracy, i call it free advertisement.
I call it commentary.
I call it cultural reaction.
In a sense a non proffessional part of the industry itself.
How many albums by artists you never heard of before have you bought because you heard them on a mixed tape somebody gave you?
How much of this “piracy” do you think actually serves to keep people, artists, products and concepts in the public mind?
What brings in more revenues, one picture stolen which makes people check out something they might not have heard of otherwise, or at least wearent interested in, or the corporations being the only ones talking about their products ,paying other corporations to spread the word?
Did casette tapes or video tapes hurt the record or movie industry?
The entertainment industry just dont understand what makes a fan.
They are just that, an industry.
They think people go to conventions wearing plastic pointy ears becase they watch Star Trek.
I would argue that they watch Star Trek because they wear pointy ears.
When something becomes, to a certain point, iconic it becomes part of culture, and that is what we are talking about isnt it, culture?
Popular culture. The question isnt whether the artist should get payed or not, it is whether they should remain artists, and thus add to culture, or become salesmen?
If they want fans they will have to let people be engaged, otherwise ,what they want is customers and they sell a product and it might as well be plastic buckets or toothpaste.
The best way to keep customers is to get people engaged, involved.
In the TV show “The Big Bang Theory” the character Sheldon is often wearing a Green Lantern T-shirt (which is probably product placement but thats beside the point for this argument).
To him Green Lantern is very obviously more than a product. It is a part of his world, the myths surrounding him and the culture of which he is a part.
In short, he is a fan.
It is part of his identity.
To simply passively buy “stuff” peddled to him would not get him interested.
In short, deny him fandom and lose a customer.
Springrolls dont need fans, neither do tires, but Stephen King, George Lucas or Bruce Springsteen are part of our times zeitgeist, not just products we bought.
Art, culture, part of our times.
If somebody copied this article and posted it somewhere else, possably commenting, agreeing, disagreeing with it, i would hope they would credit and maybe link, but i would also be glad that they thought it was relevant enough to even react to.
In all fairness, Stephen King, George Lucas and Bruce Springsteen make their living from what they do. I , in this case, dont.
Personally i think SOPA will bring down revenues for the entertainment industry.
It is simply bad business.
A failure to understand the target group.
And i havent even TOUCHED free speach or democracy.
But dont take my word for it, just wait and see.
Ps: I havent illustrated with any pictures and i will refrain from ending it with “May the force be with you” or
“Live long and prosper”. I dont want to end up in Guantanamo after all.