Most people who've "done" the work are corporations who'll chokehold for more money. Take a look at this diagram:
Capitalism works on a "vote with your wallet" system. Productivity is steered to what the customer wants, and what he gets. That's the core of what capitalism is, the natural production of competition but once you have monopolies and oligopolies controlling an industry, you rarely get what you pay for.
Internet Service Providers are a good example of this. Take Comcast who does not give you what you want and is the sole failure of what capitalism is made out to be. Comcast has 0 competitors and choke holds the market with shitty internet and high pay but what if there is another company who provides great internet with free pay? It creates competition and that's what we're seeing with Municipal broadband and why Comcast is crying about unfair competition.
Same concept with movies except the movie industry are an oligopoly. There are multiple companies, but far too few to create competition that these companies often times come up with policies for all of them to choke-hold the industry.
There are 6 film companies that gain 77% of revenue made by Movies in the US and Canada. It's funny because two of these companies are owned by the 2 large ISP monopolies, Time Warner and Comcast. Anyways, these 6 companies put out normal quality movies, but with tons of advertisements and high prices. It would just be easier to pirate it for free and better quality.
Speaking on the high price thing, here's an article about it just last year: http://variety.com/2...ver-1200565675/
Vice explains why HBO doesn't stop piracy because it doesn't want to lose money: http://motherboard.v...rated-show-ever
Now, you may be speaking of artists who want money for their work but that means you do not understand how movies are distributed. Some Directors and Actors do make lots of money but a majority of emerging directors and actors are really underpaid which goes to show that most directors and actors do this for the art and recognition but not the money (unless you're Michael Bay"). The vast majority of actors make under a $1000 a year through acting jobs while the middle-income guys get $52,000 a year. The average salary that directors get paid in is $68,440; the top 10% get $166,400. It sounds a lot like a corrupt american social structure hmmmmmmm?
This goes the same for large gaming company employees, although I have to say gaming companies are competitive so they do produce what we pay for, which are awesome games! But this goes in nicely with why I believe good pirates can pay for items they like if they can afford to. Bad pirates pirate for the sake of saving money even though they are in no financial situation or trouble.
So these are my points:
1. Monopolies and Oligopolies need piracy to maintain competition.
2. Directors and Writers, the people who actually make the movie do not get paid in accordance to the revenue meaning that piracy does not effect directors and writers greatly.