p2pnet.net News:- Nearly a quarter of Net users have illegally downloaded a film at one time or another, says the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).
Wow! 25% of the Online World!
However, as a story in the UK’s Guardian Unlimited points out:
“The unexpectedly high figure finds some explanation in the study’s methodology: only broadband users were polled. Broadband penetration stands at only 43% even in the US, so the real figures – even assuming they are fair and accurate – would be under half the MPAA’s.”
What else is new? It’s well known that entertainment industry statistics vary according to the state of the moon.
“Calling piracy a ‘growing global epidemic’, the MPAA study says the figure rises to 58% in South Korea, and that roughly one third of offenders there said they were spending less money on legitimate viewing channels like cinemas and video,” says the story, continuing:
“The MPAA, a group representing the big Hollywood studios, is entrenched in a long campaign against global piracy, which it claims costs its backers around $3.5bn in lost revenues each year.”
MPAA spokesman Matt Grossman is quoted by Reuters here as saying the study “indicates a direct correlation between illegal downloading online and of a legitimate market being negatively impacted.”
In fact, the movie business is booming, Big Time.
North American box office records say the movie industry took in $1.03 billion during June, a 14% increase on June 2003′s previous monthly record.
One point zero three BILLION?
The previous record achieved last year was a paltry $906.6 million.
No entertainment industry study has ever shown how a download – movie, music or anything else – equals a concomitant sales loss.
Nonetheless and notwithstanding, “A spokesperson said the study demonstrated a connection between significant piracy levels in certain markets and a corresponding drop in legitimate film revenues,” says the Guardian.
“Perhaps most alarming of all, the study says 17% of respondents who said they had never illegally downloaded a film also said they planned to do so within the next 12 months.”
The Los Angeles Police Department recently hosted a teenager caught with a camcorder during the Spidey 2 movie.
“The LAPD arrested him and took him to Devonshire Division for 10 hours in Adult Prison Cells and then to Juvenile Hall for arraigment,” said a p2pnet reader. “Poor Little Guy got the Abu Garaib Treatment. For being stupid.”