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Tarantino sees silver lining in pic piracy

Quentin Tarantino doesn’t condone film piracy any more than he champions real-life violence. But, unlike the MPAA, Tarantino sees some upside to the theft and illegal distribution of motion pictures — at least where his own “Kill Bill” is concerned.

At a Nov. 5 Paris press conference promoting the upcoming release of “Vol. 1,” Tarantino expressed the view that while the industry is absolutely right to do what it can to combat piracy prior to theatrical release, “The day it opens — forget about it. That’s just the way it is.”

If bootlegs are a fact of life, like death and taxes, Tarantino views them as relatively benign objects and likely precursors to legit purchases when the “much better” versions hit retail.

“In most Western countries, if people buy ‘Kill Bill’ off the street in Times Square or on Boulevard Saint-Germain, they’re just buying it as a memento,” Tarantino asserts. “If they really want to see it, they’ll see it in theaters.

“Where piracy is the biggest is in China. Well, we haven’t been able to get ‘Kill Bill’ released in China yet. So now the Chinese can see it. In a weird way, it’s OK.”

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