"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan says he can see both sides of the piracy argument when it comes to the success of his cable series.
Talking with the BBC this week about the show's end, Gilligan says: "In some ways the illegal downloading has helped us, certainly, in terms of brand awareness. The downside is a lot of folks who worked on the show would have made more money, myself included, if all those downloads had been legal."
He goes on to say piracy is "ultimately a problem and will continue to be a problem going forward, because we all need to eat. We all need to get paid."
Legitimate streaming and VOD services like Netflix though he has no issue with. During the show's Emmy wins last month, he said: "I think Netflix kept us on the air. Not only are we standing up here, I don't think our show would have even lasted beyond season two."
The "Breaking Bad" series finale was illegally downloaded more than 500,000 times within 12 hours of the first copy going online.