Illegal video streaming
For many years I have been a strong advocate of paying for any content you watch and abiding by copyright laws. Often, through work and in my personal life, my views on this seem to be contrary to several of my peers. To me, if you want to access this content, then pay for it. Just because it is easy now to stream or access illegal copies of content it doesn’t make it right! It just appears a victimless crime that you are highly unlikely to get prosecuted for.
My views are based on respecting the work of others and ensuring that those people who spend weeks and years creating TV shows and films are suitably rewarded for their efforts just like the rest of us who work for a living.
This has come into sharp focus for me this week as the streets around my offices in Bradford have been transformed into a set for a BBC production of ‘Gentleman Jack’. Today the streets are filled with the main cast, extras, film crews, sound and lighting engineers, props and make up teams as well as a lot of horses! However, the work started 2 weeks ago when the set crews appeared to transform the cobble streets around our offices into a wonderful setting for the period drama. The skills and hours of painstaking joinery and painting necessary to create such life like sets in incredible and you really can’t appreciate it on the big screen. Besides the people already mentioned there are various support crews, directors, editing / production teams and obviously catering teams. All these people (hundreds) make a living from this industry and often have studied to degree level to realise their careers.
Every time you illegally stream or watch pirated copies of their work you are undermining their future job prospects. A lot of the industry is based on raising funds from financial backers who expect to see a reasonable return on their investments. If revenues from the films / TV dramas are hit because of illegal streams then the investors are less likely to invest in future productions putting the livelihoods of all those staff involved in the productions at risk.
We have an exceptionally talented work force in the TV / Film industry, one respected worldwide. Let’s keep it this way by making sure you pay for what you access. It is morally right, financially right! This is not a vicitmless crime! The hundred or so victims are all busy working in the streets around my office as I type and they deserve to maintain careers in this industry!
Let’s make sure we change the tide of opinion around this by ensuring we educate children on the benefits of adhering to copyright laws and respecting the individuals and industry that entertain us so well.