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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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RE: It's the overall experience, stupid.
By DASQ on 3/7/2008 12:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
Sitting 3 feet away from my 37" LCD with my speakers and sub turned up is just as good for me.

RE: It's the overall experience, stupid.
By Lazarus Dark on 3/7/2008 1:26:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you there. Up until recently I would still venture to the theater to see the big effects movies. Why? I lived in an apartment, so I could only turn up my surround so much; I could hardly use my sub at all (I had to attach the sub to the couch so I could feel something without disturbing the neighbors). But I just moved into a house, so I can finally crank it! And damn it sounds good. I have no desire to go to a theater now, my setup is just as good or better without the expense/hassle.

I might see a midnight opening though for Dark Knight or Star Trek. Usually midnight openings are good because everyone there is a real fan and not likely to talk on their cell.

RE: It's the overall experience, stupid.
By tdawg on 3/7/2008 6:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
Just curious what theatres you all go to where people are loud, talking on their cell phones, and kicking the chairs? All the theatres around me (Downtown Seattle, Woodinville, Bellevue/Redmond) are well kept and offer a pleasant atmosphere to watch a movie. I really enjoy going to the theatre with friends to watch a movie and the $9 it costs for a ticket is small enough for me not to worry about.

By Lazarus Dark on 3/10/2008 4:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
Good for you. Theaters are okay when they're in the richest neighborhoods. Most Americans now are raised by tv. People aren't taught basic decency anymore. I don't meet many decent people anymore.

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