Francis Ford Coppola Defends Piracy - Sort Of

Posted Tue Feb 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

A recent interview has Coppola dismissing artists who expect big money, supporting those that download their music and movies.

Francis Ford Coppola is a great filmmaker, and one who seems to have a bit of disdain for those that expect to get rich off of their art. " You have to remember that it’s only a few hundred years, if that much, that artists are working with money. Artists never got money," he says in a recent interview with The 99 Percent.

Coppola says that money and art don't necessarily go hand in hand. " I’m going to be shot for saying this," he says, "But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?"

"As we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right," he continues. "They should be able to download music and movies."

Hit the source to read the full article, where Coppola speaks on great directors, great actors, and the need for a real job. No word on whether he plans to give his wine away for free or how he got the dough to found that vineyard...

Source: The 99 Percent

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