The short version:
Writers get paid like 4 cents when you buy a $20 DVD. They get nothing when their work gets sold or makes advertising revenue online. With virtually no overhead and exactly zero royalties to pay, the industry is in a nearly 100% profit zone by putting everything online.
Since the companies wouldn’t have anything to put online without the writers, you might call that biting the hand that feeds you. I’d call it fucking people over.
Let’s think of it like this. Let’s say I’m a hooker and you’re my regular 10:00 PM Friday.
The situation is akin to you getting the best lay of your life from an exceptionally skilled and talented prostitute and then bitching about the bill… and in this case the bill was like half a buck, you cheap fucking bastard. And then you have the audacity to ask for unlimited free blow-jobs.
I’m really beginning to not like you. You’d better go read this and this about the strike, courtesy of Max Adams. Max is a screenwriter, and she’s beginning to not like you too, so I suggest you go read those before she puts the smack-down on your cheap ass.
Besides, my 10:15 is due any minute, Speedy.
From whence came the art: