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Another study shows BitTorrent piracy may not have a negative impact on box office sales in the US

A joint study between the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College indicated online BitTorrent piracy doesn't have a significant impact on movie sales.

U.S. consumers are more likely to head to the theater to watch a movie, even with numerous piracy options available.  Additionally, there is no direct correlation between movie availability on BitTorrent and in-theater movie releases, despite the availability of cam releases and DVD screeners for free via the Internet.

However, international consumers are more likely to choose piracy over the box office, because of a lack of viewing options overseas.    

As part of the "Reel Piracy: The Effect of Online Film Piracy on International Box Office Sales'" paper, researchers looked for a correlation between US and international movie sales tied to piracy.

Against the argument offered by the RIAA and MPAA that online piracy hurts sales, University of Minnesota and Wellesley College researchers have proven otherwise.

"We do not see evidence of elevated sales displacement in U.S. box office revenue following the adoption of BitTorrent, and we suggest that delayed legal availability of the content abroad may drive the losses to piracy," researchers noted.  "We find that longer release windows are associated with decreased box office returns, even after controlling for film and country fixed effects."

Copyright groups continue to blame Internet piracy for a decline in sales and revenue; however, research has shown otherwise.  Even with global efforts to stop pirate services and attacks on individuals, movie trade groups are expected to remain steadfast against Internet users.  

"In short, we do not see much evidence that piracy displaces U.S. box office sales in our data, although this result should be taken cautiously as the 'experiment' for examining US piracy is less clean than that for international piracy," researchers also noted.

Instead of a direct assault on Internet piracy, movie trade groups need to focus on expanding the number of movie theaters internationally, along with reducing international release window timeframe.  Movie studios also must ensure their marketing efforts generate buzz, or international movie viewers will remain reliant on the Internet to pirate films.

The battle between copyright groups and online movie pirates will continue, and it seems unlikely either side will make significant progress.  The MPAA will ultimately pressure the government to help enforce anti-piracy legislation, plus verify ISPs will keep better check on subscribers.

Source: BetaNews

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RE: This just in
By BurnItDwn on 2/15/2012 5:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
Ehh, it depends on how you look at it.
From the prospective of "the story is everything", Avatar was shitty. Simply a regurgitated cliche IMO.

However, if you look at it from different angles, it certainly has some redeeming factors, I mean, the cast was good, and even though the story was shitty, it was very well made, but, that doesn't excuse the story!

RE: This just in
By Raraniel on 2/16/2012 12:14:03 AM , Rating: 2
The Last Airbender was shitty.

I fixed it to something on which we can all agree.

RE: This just in
By Raraniel on 2/16/2012 12:14:21 AM , Rating: 1
The Last Airbender was shitty.

I fixed it to something on which we can all agree.

RE: This just in
By Paj on 2/16/2012 7:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
The production design was up there with the best of them. The sense of 'place' - the ecosystem that they conceived, and how all the flora and fauna fitted into it, was exceedingly well done.

That and some damn good action sequences! Seeing it at IMAX in 3D was hugely enjoyable.

It made up for a lot of the deficiencies in the story, script and characters, which were definitely present.

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