Is Piracy Stopping Filmmakers From Making A Living Off Their Movies? by Jamin Winans and Kiowa Winans on INK and THE FRAME

Film Courage:  Writer Elizabeth Renzetti of Globe and Mail wrote an article recently about Iggy Pop.  I don’t know if the two of you happen to read it?  But she basically said that “If Iggy Pop can’t live off of his art, then what chance do we all have?”  And I’ll play the part of Elizabeth for a second.  So she writes “A new reality has tripped him up and it’s the same one shafting artists all over the world.  Namely that everyone wants to listen and no one wants to pay.  So in short, the cat is out of the bag in the new electronic age with electronic devices which estrange people from their morals also make it easy for people to steal music (i.e. content) then pay for it.  We know this is something that the two of you have had to deal with.  We want your thoughts on it.

Jamin Winans:  Do you want me to start?

Kiowa Winans:  You did start with a hard question.

Film Courage: [Laughs]  No pressure!

Jamin Winans:  My feeling is that we’re in a period of transition more than anything.  I don’t necessarily think that what is going on right now is the future.  I think things are always changing.  And yeah, I agree that right now it’s particularly difficult to monetize your art, especially if you’re trying to do something very independent and outside of the system.  I guess I feel like a monetized solution is coming and we’re slowly going to enter into a period where artists really find their niche and find out how to survive.  I think right now a lot of people are still thinking about the hey day of the last 20 years where DVDs and ancillary markets were like a big thing and the industry as a whole is still kind of clinging to the money that they were making on that market and the same thing with the music industry, it hurts right now because we’re going through this transition.  Optimistically, I think it’s going to work its way out.

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Kiowa Winans:  I think it’s two things.  I think it’s ease of access and the whole piracy idea or movement has happened out of a reaction to ease of access and things being really overpriced.  I think that when I was a teenager, I spent all my babysitting money on CD’s that cost $15.00 – $18.00 dollars and I only liked one song on the album but you’ve just shelled out $18.00.  Same with the cost of DVD’s and Blue Rays and people keep trying really hard to keep locking up territories and making region coded disks and ultra violet this and this digital rights management.  And the longer that Hollywood and the record industries keep trying to push people out and charge them a lot, the angrier they get and there has got to be a happy medium at some point and hopefully there will be, whether it’s a Bit Torrent bundle with a pay gate or something that eliminates the barrier of access and also eliminates the over-priced nature of what’t happening.  So that is my hope.