Someone pointed me to this video:http://www.youtube.c.../watch?v=MwiirwO_Q7A
At about 1:07:00 (and 1:52:30) the fellow in there takes a break to encourage people to go to the web site, buy a copy of the DVD, and COPY it to give to friends and family! HE ENCOURAGES PIRACY OF HIS VIDEO!
If I recall properly, the film "Sicko" hit the Internet with the tag "Steal this movie":http://en.wikipedia....rg/wiki/Sicko#Piracy
Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm wrong there.
Still, Michael Moore had this to say:
When asked about the leak, Moore said, "I'm just happy that people get to see my movies. I'm not a big supporter of the copyright laws in this country...I don't understand bands or filmmakers...who oppose sharing, having their work being shared by people, because it only increases your fanbase."
For revenues, Sicko did very well:
The film is currently ranked the fourth highest grossing documentary of all time...
The recent "Go the F**k to Sleep" episode seems to support that piracy can be used as a tool to increase revenue.
There are a few films that have been aired for free on the Internet that I've subsequently gone out and bought (quite a few actually - 4 times that I can remember off the top of my head). I don't know, but it just seems to me that when a film puts itself out there, and then asks for my support, I'm very willing to reciprocate their good will. They've taken a step of faith and demonstrated their good will towards their potential customers, and I appreciate that. Too many companies/corporations/organizations show nothing but contempt for their audience/customers.
I just had a mini-rant about that exact issue:Melbourne Public Transportation: Contempt for Customers
I don't think that will go away either. Apple is a shining example of how a company can have nothing but contempt for their customers and succeed wildly. So in that environment, the potential for people to show good will/faith up front is never going to disappear, and it seems to me like that can work very well to increase popularity and/or revenues.
Now, flat out, that's basically the "donation" model applied to films. Film and software are very different markets and behave differently, so the general failure of the donation model in software doesn't mean that it can't work for films.
But whether it's "donation" or "piracy" is really only a matter of the original author labeling it.
In any event, submitted for your (dis)approval...