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MPAA reports that 2007 saw one of the highest grossing years for the motion picture industry

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) relentlessly bombards the public with copyright and piracy information.  It plagued the news media for years with tireless finger pointing; even its own website is dedicated to giving the public information on copyright laws and piracy.  Different sections, such as Movie Thieves, offer information on who the criminals are and asks individuals to help in their “fight to stop movie thieves!”

The confusing part is the link in the “Latest News” section that claims an all-time high in domestic and global box office sales.  The global market grew 4.9% to $26.6 billion, claims the MPAA, and the U.S. domestic market grew roughly 5.4%, passing the $9.6 billion mark.

“From the threat and eventual reality of a writer’s strike to the global impact of film theft to concerns over the economy, the film industry faced significant challenges in 2007,” stated Dan Glickman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MPAA. “But, ultimately, we got our Hollywood ending. Once again, diverse, quality films and the timeless allure of the movie house proved a winning combination with consumers around the world.”

It is surprising to see the MPAA claim that the motion picture industry is taking a beating from piracy when their own data shows that the market is producing better than before. This is not to say, however, that piracy doesn't have an effect on the film industry.

According to a study done by the Institute for Public Innovation, motion picture piracy costs the U.S. economy about $20.5 billion annually which includes revenue and “related measures of economic performance”.  The related measure includes loss of jobs, decrease in earning for workers, and the U.S. governments loss of tax revenue.  The study claims that film industry would have added a little over 45,000 new jobs.

Even though the film industry is taking some large hits from piracy, you can rest a little easier knowing that the industry is still raking in quite a sum of cash.



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By MrBlastman on 3/7/2008 11:11:23 AM , Rating: 2
At 10 bucks a ticket, the wife and I just can't afford to see more than a few movies a year.

I know, I know, adjusted for inflation, lets say for instance back in 1992, 6.50 was the average ticket price for an evening show - at least around here, what would it be now?

Figuring in the inflation rate over the years, the inflation adjusted value is 9.78.

Source: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

So, taking into account inflation, we are nearly spot on in the same spot that we were back then. Regardless - it hurts still! Our 17 bucks a month at Netflix gets us far more bang for our buck.

Still, I don't think there will ever be a replacement for celluloid at the cinema until they move over to pure digital photography and playback. At that point I think I'll stop going to the theater alltogether. There is a certain inherent quality with pure analog celluloid that really gives film a particular "feel" (when it is filmed properly of course) and sets mood and imagery in a certain way that digital can not reproduce - well, at least with the resolution that pure film can.

The day celluloid goes will be the tragic end of cinema.

Until then, I'll remain continually more stingy in how I dole out my dollars due to the cost being quite prohibitive.




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