Noted punk filmmaker Alex Cox talks about piracy, studio system

Alex Cox, the respected director of films like Sid & Nancy, Walker (which featured a soundtrack by Joe Strummer) and Repo Man recently spoke to the Quietus about the Blu-Ray release of his classic subversive film Repo Man and his struggles with the film industry. The conclusion he comes to may surprise you:

[The film industry] is so corrupt. Now they want to have longer copyright periods because they say the young artists are relying on this money. The young artists never see any money because they sign away that money to big media corporations, like Universal and Viacom. We, the artists, lose all of our rights to these massive corporations, who then come down heavy on these kids for downloading films and music that we never see a penny from. It's complete bullshit. I want to encourage your audience to go and pirate a bunch of my stuff right away.

Repo Man is available as a new high definition remastered Blu-Ray, but only in the UK. It remains one of the most definitive "punk" influenced films and the soundtrack included notable 80s acts like Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks, Burning Sensations, Fear, Circle Jerks, Juicy Bananas and The Plugz.