A click of a button online can easily direct anyone to choose a variety of films to watch and download without paying a penny, but unfortunately, this illegal activity has shown a small impact on a film’s box office revenue.
ABC news has reported recently that film piracy has doubled among 12 to 17-year-old in Australia. Although there has been a decline among adults, film piracy is still an ongoing issue locally and internationally.
Dr Jordi McKenzie, a University of Sydney Academic, said that ‘one download equals one lost sale’ and illegal downloads lead to lower ticket sales after a film’s release. When you think about it, it actually makes sense.
Mad Max: Fury Road, a highly popular American action film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, is an example of a film that has been downloaded illegally online more than 3.5 million times locally in 2015.
The film’s release gap, depending on the country, is also a contributing factor to an increase of illegal online activity. Once a film is available online, viewers can simply get a head start by jumping onto sites like The Pirate Bay or Kickass Torrent to get a sneak peek.
White House Down, a 2013 action film that features Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, was released in Australia two months after its release in America. The delay in the release basically reduces the film’s value.
People are just too eager and impatient to wait that long for a film too good to watch to be released. I wouldn’t blame them. Who would wait more than two months to watch Channing Tatum on the big screen? I know I wouldn’t! I must admit, waiting is challenging.
Watching films online does have its risks: high exposure to viruses and, of course, pop-up ads. Yet with paid streaming services such as Netflix and Stan available to everyone, people still seem to illegally share files and download them. Maybe to save money and time? Despite the poor quality and imperfect filming angles, the good thing about watching anything online is the ability to pause it or resume it on our spare time.
With over 46.8 million downloads, Interstellar was the most pirated film of 2015. It beat Fast & Furious, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World.
It may seem like a victimless crime but it isn’t! I would hate for someone to take something I worked so hard on and share it without my consent. That’s just plain wrong!
If you own an illegal streaming site, you should stop what you’re doing right now and shut it down immediately. Firstly, it’s illegal and secondly, you will get fined or worse serve time in time in jail, depending on your situation. It’s a serious crime that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
A 31-year-old man, who worked for 20th Century Film, was charged $1.12 million for stealing and uploading The Revenant film illegally online six days after its release.
Production houses and film studios are still looking for sites who leak their films and are currently working on a strategy to help reduce the amount of illegal online activity.
Film production costs a lot of money. There are investors, distributors, directors, actors, makeup artists and much more people involved in the production that the value of the film is looked upon before giving the green light. Being cautious is vital in the industry.
The idea of sitting on a comfortable coach with popcorn in one hand and being able to watch your favourite film in your own time may be the best thing in the world, but we have to remember that it’s against the law, no matter how we try to convince ourselves that we aren’t causing any harm. Also, it’s affecting the film industry! Studio executives will stop investing and marketing films, people will start losing their jobs and films will slowly deteriorate.
I don’t want that to happen! Filmmakers and studio executives certainly don’t want that either!
Films allow you to escape into a different world full of creativity and endless possibilities. So do think twice about film piracy. For the love of films!