My art and comic book ([link] is now famous around the world because people share the images I create through blogs, torrents, wallpapers and re-posts.
I allow everyone to download and view my paintings and comic book for free on the internet. If someone who likes the digital version of my painting wants to buy a printed version, they pay me or a publisher who's authorised to print my work, which in turn cuts me a % from the print sales of this painting. At the same time I can put up a couple of nice, non-intrusive commercials into my online exhibitions that I myself approve of, and that will pay for the rest of my expenses.
I believe the same "Free digital content" policy should apply to all digital media arts. If the public likes the content, they WILL buy a solid copy of it from the artist. There are people who will love, cherish and support the artist as a thank you for providing them with with high-quality entertainment. They are always there and they will not dissapear. They are an artist's "true fans".
Just take a look on youtube. If a channel is famous and sucessfull, the fan army will feed the youtube artist and give them ANYTHING they desire- any paints, any tools, any props, and free home in any city. How do I know this? Because this is my lifestyle. Thanks to sucess of my Romantically Apocalyptic comic, I am now doing a tour around the world so that I can meet the fans, sell more prints and include views of cities I visit into my comic.
On the other side-
A lot of Hollywood movies are made because of money, not because there's an original script out there.
When digital content becomes paid for "before viewing", this only feeds an army of middlemen, creating "IDIOCRACY ASS MOVIE SUPERCONTENT" that has no artistic value. An example of this is every shitty, vapid movie Hollywood has ever released that made tons of money. Such movies make money not because they are artistic, but because they were marketed and sold sucesfully by this army of salespeople. These salespeople were able to decieve the buyers and fans with pretty trailers or relation to something that the fans like such as their favourite character.
Online media sharing supports the artists by giving them true fans.
True Fans = just the right amout of money and services for the artist, so that they can create more art.
Buying a cd before enjoying all the tracks doesn't create better content, it creates a sales machine of greed, power and money + exhobirantly famous artists with 30 bedroom mansions. Will a 30 bedroom mansion make the artist more talented and help them produce better work? No. This creates waste and greed.
Only creative ideas and hard work produces amazing art. So keep on creating art and sharing it for the whole world to see. Don't give up and don't surrender your talent to a soul-less corporate machine. Don't be afraid of failure, just keep on trying and creating.
If you share your results with the world, you too will live happily ever after.