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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 Isohunt.com, BTHub.com, TorrentBox.com, TorrentSpy.com, NiteShadow.com, Ed2k-it.com, NZB-Zone.com, BinNews.com and DVDRs.net.

“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 masher2 (blog) 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 (blog) 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.


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