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Hollywood Director Speaks out against Industry's Anti-Piracy Strategy

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The director of the film 'Green Street Hooligan' speaks out against the industry's hypocrisy and its "pathetic" anti-piracy crusade
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The director of 'Green Street', a film that starred Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, has slammed Hollywood for its "pathetic" anti-piracy mission, saying that only the "undeserving" Hollywood "Fat Cats" are concerned about piracy.

Lexi Alexander was responding to the imprisonment of The Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde when she made these and other comments on her official blog.

Alexander says that far from piracy being the source of Hollywood's woes, woes that she says may not even be real, it's the lack of diversity in the type of movies, and the poor quality of these movies, being made that's the real problem. Alexander cites several recent Hollywood flops as examples, including 'Green Lantern' and 'Mars Needs Moms', all movies that have lost more than $100 million at the box office.

"I would argue that releasing crappy movies has a far greater effect on the film industry bottom line than piracy ever could," Alexander writes.

In a recent interview, Alexander also says much of the focus on the piracy issue comes from wealthy owners and executives, and not from actual hard working professional employed by studios.

"The people who complain most about piracy in Hollywood are Fat Cats who did little to deserve their wealth or position. I doubt you’ll find many people on the Anti-piracy train amongst film crews or indie filmmakers, unless they’re being paid a retainer," said Alexander.

Alexander says the way Hollywood work, and how unfair it is to the people who actually do the work, the lack of diversity hiring in the industry and the general hypocrisy that exists within the industry, are the reasons why so many feel morally justified to pirate.

Add to that what Alexander says are the artificial barriers put forward by Hollywood to control their content, at the expense of customer satisfaction, is why piracy thrives. 

"I am 100% certain that the hacking of entertainment industry's security features provides better entertainment for these kids than the entertainment we're trying to prevent them from stealing. Let that sink in for a second, then try not to bust up laughing," she writes.

But Alexander isn't endorsing piracy, although she has previously admitted to doing so as a necessity when the content she needs simply can't be obtained legally. She says that there are those that profit from piracy, the people she refers to as "Pirates" with a capital 'P', and that they are no different to the greedy people that run Hollywood.

"Those of you out there downloading movies and TV shows, remember that you're giving the finger to 'the man' while simultaneously filling the pockets of another 'man'," she warns. "What we're lacking are good guys, protagonists, an Occupy Hollywood movement."


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