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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: numbers game
By omnicronx on 3/7/2008 12:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
Also, the loss figures are what the US motion picture industry loses due to world piracy, not just in the US.
Very interesting, so let me get this straight; They are still making 20 billion a year, 20 billion is 'lost' due to piracy worldwide. Yet they fail mention that countries like China are the ones doing most of the pirating? Many North Americans at least still go to the Theater, meanwhile in China or Japan you might turn into the laughing stock of the neighborhood for buying too many 'legal movies'.

Lots and lots of movie pirating does go on in North America, don't get me wrong, but who was to say I would have actually gone to see that movie in theaters anyways. Hell I see most new releases (at least the ones i think are going to be good), download hardly any movies anymore and yet I go to the theater once or twice a month. The movie industry is complaining about lost revenue that would have never really been theirs anyways.

Sitting at home and clicking a few buttons is a far cry from paying 20 bucks for tickets and popcorn... and then there is getting my lazy ass off the couch in the first place.

RE: numbers game
By masher2 on 3/7/2008 12:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
> "Yet they fail mention that countries like China are the ones doing most of the pirating?"

Fail to mention? They clearly state these are worldwide totals in the report summary. Furthermore, the "they" here isn't even the MPAA -- the study was done by another group entirely.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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