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You can run but you can't hide from the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has expanded its crackdown on online movie piracy by filing seven new lawsuits against online sites. Websites targeted include,,,,,,, and

“Website operators who abuse technology to facilitate infringements of copyrighted works by millions of people are not anonymous – they can and will be stopped. Disabling these powerful networks of illegal file distribution is a significant step in stemming the tide of piracy on the Internet,” said John G. Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.

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RE: MPAA/RIAA need to take a math class.
By abhaxus on 2/24/2006 2:16:30 AM , Rating: 3
You're exactly right of course. Both industries would be better served by lowering the cost of their goods in return for higher sales. But you really can't compete with the "free" that piracy offers.

That said, I do download both music and movies on a regular basis. I buy the movies I consider the most important, and same with music. I think the movie industry is starting to go through the same thing the music industry has been going through... that is, a lack of good material. 2005 was a dismal year in terms of movie quality. There is no way in hell I would buy a movie like Fantastic Four, or Dukes of Hazzard. However I did purchase 40 y/o virgin and wedding crashers, and of course the special edition of Batman Begins.

They just need to get a better product out.

By Jellodyne on 2/24/2006 9:33:47 AM , Rating: 2
There's no better example of this than DVD -- Used to be VHS was expensive and relatively poor quality, and the box retailers only had a small selection. DVD comes along with better quality movies at a $20 price point and the studios now make more on the DVD sales than the ticket sales. And now that the price points are dropping to $15, $10 or even $5 for catalog titles they're seeing more money than then ever.

RE: MPAA/RIAA need to take a math class.
By MScrip on 2/24/2006 1:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
But you really can't compete with the "free" that piracy offers.

A free illegal MP3 can take the place of a purchased song and sound just as good to most people... But I don't think that a 700mb AVI file of a movie is the equivalent of a movie ticket or a DVD. I'm just not believing that people are choosing downloading movies over theaters or DVDs. They are not competing with "free" they are just not going at all. The loss in Hollywood is people just not going to sucky movies or buying DVDs.

While a free MP3 sounds like the CD version, a downloaded movie shares nothing with the theater or DVD version.

RE: MPAA/RIAA need to take a math class.
By masher2 on 2/24/2006 2:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
For many people, a downloaded movie can and _does_ take the place of purchasing the real thing. The quality difference between a 700mb divx version and the full DVD is minimal...and indeed, some people download an iso image of the full DVD.

RE: MPAA/RIAA need to take a math class.
By MScrip on 2/24/2006 2:58:10 PM , Rating: 3
True, downloads can look good. But, the mojority of consumers are not downloading movies. Think of all the technically challenged people who can't even burn a CD, let alone download torrents and burn a DVD.

My very first post on this topic talks about the people who still go to movies and buy DVDs. Those people make up the mojority of movie watchers.

Finding Nemo, one of the most popular kids movies of all times, sold $136 million of DVDs its first day of sales! Was it available to download? Sure, weeks before retail... but somehow it still sold hundreds of millions of dollars of DVDs.

Sure, many people download movies... but MOST people get their movies by purchasing them.

And, if a movie does poorly at the box office... it's not because people downloaded it... it's because it sucked.

Now, a tiny percentage of tech-savvy people might have downloaded it instead of going to see it... but that's a far cry from the entire viewing public.

By masher2 on 2/24/2006 4:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason movie receipts aren't being negatively impacted by downloads yet is that few people have sufficient bandwidth to easily engage in the practice.

All this aside, it doesn't really change the primary point. Whether downloads are good, bad, or neutral for the industry, they're still illegal and unethical. And the industry has a right to stop them.

By Christopher1 on 2/25/2006 12:53:16 AM , Rating: 1
That quote that "you can't compete with free" is not really true.
I would GLADLY pay for the peace of mind that I am downloading a file at a reasonable price that I can be sure will be free of viruses, spyware and other nasties.

But notice that 'reasonable' stipulation. The MPAA and RIAA don't want to give a reasonable price, they want the same overly inflated fixed prices that they have been getting in stores.

By bob661 on 2/24/2006 2:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
Batman Begins.
Oh. Forgot about that movie. That was a good one.

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