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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: Nice spin...
By tdawg on 3/7/2008 6:47:55 PM , Rating: 3
I really liked this statement from the USA Today article:

"The academy is more concerned with rewarding the best film now than they ever have been. They're less concerned with rewarding popular entertainment," says Sasha Stone, who runs the industry blog

If this proves to be true, I couldn't be happier. I'm still pissed that Titanic hijacked the Oscar from Good Will Hunting, or LA Confidential. Based on it's level of "excellence" it shouldn't have been nominated at all. Not to mention James Cameron's Best Director Oscar and the craptastic Celine Dion song beating out Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery" for the best original song that year. Travesty. So I will be happy if the Acadamy continues on a path to honor those films that are actually great, rather than fiscally successful.

RE: Nice spin...
By TomZ on 3/7/2008 7:07:37 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, but I'll have to add that No Country winning the picture of the year was a joke. My wife and I saw all 5 of the nominated movies the day before (which was awesome), and there is no question in our minds that all 4 other movies were more deserving of the award. I'm not saying that No Country was a bad movie, just that the others were all excellent.

RE: Nice spin...
By jtesoro on 3/7/2008 10:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Good article and I'm all for the Oscars rewarding the best film rather than the popular one. Here's another article though from Time Magazine which has the opposite viewpoint:,9171,1...

It's interesting in that rewarding "popular" movies will probably make the Oscars get a bigger audience but in the long run I don't think it's a good idea.

Have only watched Juno and There will be Blood so far (liked them both). Still trying to catch up with the rest...

RE: Nice spin...
By tdawg on 3/8/2008 12:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't see TWBB or Atonement, but Michael Clayton, Juno and No Country were all very good movies, in my opinion. I personally loved No Country For Old Men. It was a great story that was engaging and atmospheric and got everybody talking afterwards. Personally, I would have been happy if either Juno or No Country won and am glad that Juno picked up original screenplay. I really think No Country deserved all it received on Oscar night. To each his own, right?

RE: Nice spin...
By maven81 on 3/9/2008 10:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
The academy is more concerned with rewarding the best film now than they ever have been. They're less concerned with rewarding popular entertainment

Say what? If there's one reason why I never take these jokers seriously, it's that they never pick the movie that captures the public imagination, or leaves a lasting impact.
For instance, in 2001 they picked a beautiful mind over lord of the rings. Who even remembers that beautiful mind movie? and it's only been 7 years. I know that 50 years from now that won't be the movie people will be talking about...
This is ridiculous myopia. Same was true for star wars, and too many other movies to mention. If that's not proof that their opinions are worthless, I don't know what is.

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