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  (Source: MPAA)
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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RE: It's the overall experience, stupid.
By fleshconsumed on 3/7/2008 11:19:44 AM , Rating: 2
More like no one wants to watch a camcorder screener. They are usually so bad it's almost worth paying $16/person to watch it in a theater while dealing with all the commercials and annoying people.


By omnicronx on 3/7/2008 12:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
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More like no one wants to watch a camcorder screener. They are usually so bad it's almost worth paying $16/person to watch it in a theater while dealing with all the commercials and annoying people.
It's true, I used to be able to do it, but now it just bugs me. I've also noticed that HDTV's have had an impact on movie downloads. I can watch just about anything on a CRT screen, but give me an LCD and most movies are just unwatchable. I only download Telesync's and DVD rips now, and I barely even do that anymore. Worst part is i never understood why if you are ballsy enough to go and tape a whole movie, you cant be ballsy enough to go back and get the audio recording for the blind. Something that movies theatres have (headphone jacks in certain places). I HATE bad audio more than anything.


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