A Message from Ed
So let’s talk about piracy.
When our no-budget videogame spoof “Press Start” came out in September 2007, two years of my life – and the lives of numerous others – had been spent making it a reality. But within a couple weeks of its release, pirated torrents of the movie were everywhere. You couldn’t even Google the title without finding sites where you could download the entire film – including all of the DVD extras. I saw message boards posting links, with responses like “Thanks! I’m showing this to my kids right now!”
Rampage was released less than two weeks ago. Torrents are already up. More people have downloaded it illegally than have bought it. LOTS more. In fact if I were to hazard a guess, I’d say that it’s been downloaded by more people than will EVER buy it.
I feel the need to make something clear that maybe hasn’t been made clear before: Dark Maze Studios is not some big faceless company. It’s one guy. Me. A host of extraordinarily talented people have been willing to work with me for virtually nothing to make these movies possible, but the studio itself is still just yours truly. And you know what? I’m not raking in the cash from Press Start, or Rampage, or the ads from Press Start Adventures. Neither is anybody else. And in fact, I’m a long way from making my money back on Rampage.
Look, I am not “The Man.” I have a full time, regular day job that supports my ability to make films. People who pirate my movies are not sticking it to anybody. They’re just robbing someone of his dream to make a living doing what he loves.
But honestly, I think that assuming people have some political motivation to pirate films is giving them too much credit. They’re stealing because they can. Because it’s easy. It’s just a few clicks to have something they want for free, breaking a law that no one will ever catch them for.
And the ultimate result of all this? People are going to stop making stuff. People like me are going to quit making movies and videos because they can’t afford to, and because they’re sick of spending years of blood, sweat, and tears working to make something that’s going to be stolen immediately by thousands of people who couldn’t care less. I’ve just about reached that point. And that’s depressing, because there are still so many projects I want to do.
So the only thing I can do now is air my grievances in vain here, to a crowd of people who haven’t pirated my films.
But lastly: to whoever it was in Lawrence, MA searching for “Dark Maze studios rampage torrent” yesterday, here’s your IP address for everyone to see: 18.104.22.168. Have a nice day.