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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: Common Sense
By TomZ on 3/7/2008 12:56:03 PM , Rating: 3
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Most people pay to see movies they like, and pirate movies they probably wouldn't have paid to see.

I don't think "most people," i.e., more than 50%, pirate movies. Those who pirate movies are a small but vocal minority.

I will say, however, that there are a lot of people who are pretty ignorant about the difference between right and wrong. There are tons of people who, I think, don't even know that copying movies is illegal or bad in any way. For example, we received a Christmas gift from a relative, which was basically a home-made copy of a DVD set for a TV series. I don't think they even realized how messed up that is.

I'm not meaning to get preachy here, and I do recognize that the movie industry does go overboard in some ways, but I do think that people should try to do what is right, even if the technology makes it easy to do the wrong thing. In addition, I do think that more education is needed to at least inform people about copyright laws. After all, one could argue that the movie industry is just responding to widespread piracy, and that if that piracy didn't exist, they would have no need to respond with such Draconian tactics. It's kind of a chicken-and-egg thing.


RE: Common Sense
By masher2 (blog) on 3/7/2008 1:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
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we received a Christmas gift from a relative, which was basically a home-made copy of a DVD set for a TV series
That might even top giving away the fruitcake you got for a gift the previous year...


RE: Common Sense
By theapparition on 3/10/2008 10:37:50 AM , Rating: 2
I swear they could stop making fruitcakes, and you'll still see one show up as a gift 20years from now.


RE: Common Sense
By gaakf on 3/7/2008 4:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
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After all, one could argue that the movie industry is just responding to widespread piracy, and that if that piracy didn't exist, they would have no need to respond with such Draconian tactics.

This isn't a changing of the times though. Piracy has always been a factor as far back as I can remember with VHS. I really believe (in a general sense) that people who regularly pirate, are people who do not have the money to go out to the movies every week.

The movie industry always paints a picture that shows them losing billions of dollars that they wouldn't have had anyway if piracy didn't exist.


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