[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/03/mu2yGB.jpg[/newsimage]Amidst all of the turmoil surrounding the war on digital piracy lately, some indie producers including Gavin McGarry, the president of Jumpwire Media, were very candid on the issue, even siding with piracy while speaking at the annual Prime Time gathering of major Canadian indie producers met in Ottawa. There was a startling theme drawn by many, including McGarry, that piracy actually helps businesses, content providers, and creators of media. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/piracy-helps-says-speakers-at-the-canadian-media-conference-59667/](http://www.myce.com/news/piracy-helps-says-speakers-at-the-canadian-media-conference-59667/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
All the years of this fight over digital piracy I’ve never seen data that suggested it was hurting anyone in fact exactly the opposite it was helping the studios which have an old business model.
This is a very old argument that dates back to the introduction of audio tape recorders. The record companies had a fit when they realized people were recording LPs and even radio, copying cassette tapes, etc. They finally realized that when people share their music, sales actually increase. Same as when people hear a song on the radio, they go buy the album.
You’ll notice, of course, that it’s the independent small companies that are making the best progress on the net. As this becomes more noticed by more small independents it will mean fewer candidate companies that will feel they must sign up with the RIAA or MPAA in order to get their material published and in the public eye.
Beyond the stated concern about losing sales to individual piracy, this is likely their big worry; losing members and the possibility of new members in their cartels.