Piracy, a crime that is quite openly done and isn’t considered a big deal, sure it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t illegally downloaded a film or such, but the realisation that it’s wrong in cases of individual companies that are considered small or independent.
Piracy takes money away from the company, correct but most times it will shine the light on a company especially if they’re cheapskates. The company at hand, FWE are not. They had a free (FREE!) iPPV titled Refueled Night One that was incredibly entertaining and that gave a lot of people a look of them, giving more incentive to watch their shows legally.
Tommy Dreamer ranted last week about Piracy, and stated that House Of Hardcore VII had been downloaded 66 thousand times individually, and stated that “if you do the math, 66,000 X$15 equals $990,000” and as much as I respect Tommy and what he’s done for wrestling, the thought that House Of Hardcore is worth almost a million dollars is ridiculously overshot. Tommy went on to say “for the people who watched my show illegally thanks for the interest I’m honoured that 66 thousand of you did. You get a pass” which points out what I said above.
If Tommy’s math is good unlike his English skills, then 66 thousand people watched House Of Hardcore VII, that many eyes on your product must be good for your business because, I don’t want to break your heart Tommy but, there isn’t anyway that those 66 thousand people would all fork out $15 for the iPPV and most likely wouldn’t watch if the illegally accessible version wasn’t there.
Yesterday, I stumbled across a illegally uploaded version of Family Wrestling Entertainment’s XIX iPPV from last week. Sure, it wasn’t getting downloaded by people (due to the video, being classed as a “short film” on Dailymotion) but it was still being watched by people who haven’t purchased it or have gave money to FWE, who until recently haven’t been high up on the foodchain of wrestling piracy.
FWE have recently gained acclaim for events such as their Refueled Weekend, No Limits 2015 and their most recent, XIX: Hennigan/Styles, and rightfully so, they have a tremendous product that is topping efforts of a lot of bigger companies.
I passed the link onto FWE through their Facebook and a few minutes later checked the link to find that RF VIDEO had struck it with a copyright notice, which was the outcome I was wanting.
FWE mentioned that “It’s already been torrented and downloaded all over and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it short of stopping iPPV but that just delays the inevitable DVD piracy.” Which is the most important point, should they stop their iPPV’s to be hit with the thought that their DVD’s were then being pirated?
A route for FWE (more likely, RF Video) could be the recent route that WWNLive took to stop a live streaming site (that I won’t name) by having a “invisible watermark” placed in the middle of the screen that was attached to the individual account that bought the Show (I.E the streamer) and then blocked their access thus stopping the stream.
That hasn’t stopped piracy sites just yet, but the effort of removing the watermark is incredibly time consuming, and it takes a few days/weeks for the Show to be uploaded to torrent sites, and sometimes it ends up being redundant as the wrestling fanbase has already moved on to a different subject.
What’s the morale of my story? Don’t pirate indie wrestling, short and sweet. They need money to build themselves, and piracy isn’t helping.