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Comments on news posted 2006-09-29 17:37:27: The film industry is in Washington DC with a new study, trying to convince lawmakers of the irreparable harm film piracy does to the American economy, reports the Washington Post. ..

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So I guess they didn't really prove

that the internet was the source of thier problem. Good going MPAA, what a way to not prove your arguement!!

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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

It's 38% of the problem..

So what is your point?
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

said by Fountainhead:

It's 38% of the problem..

So what is your point?
You beat me to that point. The internet piracy is still to the tune $7.8 billion.

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said by Fountainhead:

It's 38% of the problem..

So what is your point?
They proved that 62% of the problem was not on the internet.

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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

i hear what Beach is saying; why go after the smaller outfits head on, with all that tenacity?

The AA's sue dead people. Grandmas. While Joe Publics on the street making a killin' off of 12cent blank dvd and cd burns.

Im skeptical on the number of jobs being lost due to the piraters. One lost job in the "industry" means another new employee for the pirates! See, it evens out.

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.

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said by FiL:

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

said by FFH:

The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
Wonder how many of those listed jobs were actually lost to automation and new technology? If the indications that my wife saw 15 years ago are still true, a lot of job losses in that industry are not piracy, but no longer needing the people. And with the animation affects that are getting such that it is hard to tell real people from animations, even more are lost (Shrek caused a big stink in that respect, and I heard that they had to dumb the art down to keep the unions from exploding).
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said by RayW:

Wonder how many of those listed jobs were actually lost to automation and new technology?
Bingo. Their job estimate is likely as well cooked as their piracy damages estimate. Even if piracy were to stop tomorrow and their "predicted" surge of happened, there wouldn't be a 140,000 job increase, if any at all.

Cry me another one MPAA.

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said by FFH:

said by FiL:

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
ROFLAMO - one more funny comment.

FYI: most of the film industry is based on freelancers. Rest of the workers are the showroom dummies to fool "naive" folks like you.

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said by FFH:

said by FiL:

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
Quite true, but then Hollywood itself is it's own worst enemy.

If HOLLYWOOD as an industry was really concerned about American jobs then they wouldn't be making so many production in Canada, the UK and Australia not to mention Eastern Europe.

When they start making all of their films in the US, I'll listen to what they say.
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Unions still strong in Hollywood

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Roughly 70 percent of the estimated 800,000 entertainment workers in Los Angeles County--a catchall category that includes everyone from actors and professional dancers to prop handlers and electricians--are members of trade unions, according to AFL-CIO's Center for Regional Employment Strategies.

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said by FFH:

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Roughly 70 percent of the estimated 800,000 entertainment workers in Los Angeles County--a catchall category that includes everyone from actors and professional dancers to prop handlers and electricians--are members of trade unions, according to AFL-CIO's Center for Regional Employment Strategies.
ROFLMAO - do you even read your own links? there you go, you have just said it:

estimated 800,000 entertainment workers in Los Angeles County--a catchall category that includes everyone from actors and professional dancers to prop handlers and electricians--
A shining example of the "creative arts" of bookeeping, accounting....

"Lies, damn lies and statistics."

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said by kamm:

"Lies, damn lies and statistics."
I would say that 70% counts as most people. Not really sure what figures you are going by.......
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Re: Unions still strong in Hollywood

said by wifi4milez:

said by kamm:

"Lies, damn lies and statistics."
I would say that 70% counts as most people. Not really sure what figures you are going by.......
Ummm for example "entertainment workers" which counts everybody within 150 miles radius of studio?
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Members of many of these unions work maybe a half a dozen days a year. The majority of SAG mambers can barely afford to pay for the discounted health care plans it offers. Entertainment unions are like the steelworkers.
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

LOL; and who knows how many items are outsourced to countries like India??

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said by FFH:

said by FiL:

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
When your at the job who do they cut first the low paid shit workers and then they outsource the job out to india, the big ceos and high paid jobs are kept because they have skills
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

said by MysticGogeta:

said by FFH:

said by FiL:

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The movie industry has numerous high paid UNION jobs. And any loss of jobs there aren't minimum wage ones.
When your at the job who do they cut first the low paid shit workers and then they outsource the job out to india, the big ceos and high paid jobs are kept because they have skills
higher pay doesnt mean they have any skills. a Plumber is more skilled then any CEO(a CEO probally has to call for help to plug in the coffee maker like other rich people) but gets paid "shit".
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

A plumber makes alot of money quite actually your metaphor is quite off. If I owned a plumbing company, and I had alot of jobs to do I would hire a few more plumber assistants to help me out, so lets say Joe does not work as hard as Smith and is not as skilled as him. Jobs slow down and I need to fire someone because of it I would fire Joe. This is the same idea just on a much larger scale.

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The jobs that are being lost aren't in movie production I bet (afterall i don't see any shortage of movies being made) -- they're in the distribution channels, retail sales, whatever else.
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So the loss is in the USA, while it created a 170k street vendors jobs. I don't see the problem :P

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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

said by markopoleo:

So the loss is in the USA, while it created a 170k street vendors jobs. I don't see the problem :P
Damn, you thought the same thing I did!

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said by FiL:

i hear what Beach is saying; why go after the smaller outfits head on, with all that tenacity?

The AA's sue dead people. Grandmas. While Joe Publics on the street making a killin' off of 12cent blank dvd and cd burns.

Im skeptical on the number of jobs being lost due to the piraters. One lost job in the "industry" means another new employee for the pirates! See, it evens out.

Plus, 170,000 minumum wage jobs is NOT what the country needs at this point.
The other part of the Nice going MPAA way not to prove your arguement, was when the RIAA/MPAA ordered the pirate bay to be shut down earlier this year (illegally in thier country per say) so with this report that's pretty much evidence that they did not have a case to shut them down as they originally thought. Now thepiratebay.org 's staff (after seeing this probably) will hand this to thier attourney for a harrassment suit. After all they proved that 38% of the internet was the problem, and 62% was not the problem. Either way they pretty much hung themselves.

So like I said Good job guys, try not to prove your point next time so the whole world can see how stupid you guys really are!
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said by David:

. After all they proved that 38% of the internet was the problem, and 62% was not the problem. Either way they pretty much hung themselves.

So like I said Good job guys, try not to prove your point next time so the whole world can see how stupid you guys really are!
Keep this post in mind when a thief breaks into your house and ONLY steals 38% of your posessions. Don't bother calling the police because 62% was left. So the theft doesn't count, RIGHT??
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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

said by FFH:

said by David:

. After all they proved that 38% of the internet was the problem, and 62% was not the problem. Either way they pretty much hung themselves.

So like I said Good job guys, try not to prove your point next time so the whole world can see how stupid you guys really are!
Keep this post in mind when a thief breaks into your house and ONLY steals 38% of your posessions. Don't bother calling the police because 62% was left. So the theft doesn't count, RIGHT??
How about: when a thief breaks into your house and then copies only 38% of your possessions. Cause it's not like the movie industry doesn't have their product anymore.

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This is for anybody that buys into so called "studies" funded by self-interest groups...

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Re: So I guess they didn't really prove

"This is for anybody that buys into so called "studies" funded by self-interest groups..."
Such as, unfortunately, that other group in D.C., aka Congress.

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said by Fountainhead:

It's 38% of the problem..

So what is your point?
That the MPAA and you are full of sh** is probably the point.

This newest study, funded by the MPAA
That says it all to me.
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And yet the movie industry feels the need to pump out remade movies and then blame it on piracy. I know a pirates of the carribean made big money, it was worth seeing. How come they dont see a pattern of you make a good movie people will go see it, instead of make crap try and trick people to see it and when attendance drops blame it on piracy.
Take a college course, pull your head out of your ass 101.

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The Internet, eh?

In the last eight years I have purchased, maybe, two dozen MPAA DVDs (at least half of them either Buena Vista releases of Studio Ghibli films, or Pioneer releases of some of the lesser anime studios in Japan), and a dozen RIAA music CDs.

Not that I am a piker, nor that I have downloaded their product. If I don't think it is worth buying, I certainly am not going get the pirated version. Junk is still just junk, even if it is grabbed from a pirate site.

I am not a slouch on spending though. In the same period of time I have probably purchased a hundred, or so, DVDs. Mostly foreign stuff (including a was of Studio Ghibli films on Region 2 DVDs). Same with the music CDs. In the latter case, I am willing to pay 2x U.S. CD prices for the music; the Japanese recording studios can't be spending more on production than the U.S. studios, do you think? But they sure stick it to the Japanese consumer!

The point being, the U.S. media purveyors won't offer product that I will pay for. There aren't enough of us for them to bother with. If they can't sell a million a month, they won't package it, and sell it.

If they really want my money, why don't they offer me something I will pay for?
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...and 70% of those jobs will be OUTSOURCED

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Not asking the right questions.

What you should be asking is where did these numbers come from. Considering that most piracy is done in private and in secret how in the world do they compute lost sales? So where does the number of lost sales come from?

Another question is the value placed on that lost sale. Is a DVD $30, $20, or $10? I bet since the suggested retail value of most DVDs is $30 (even though never sold at that price), that means that the numbers are automatically inflated 2x over their true value.

What about song sales, do they count the going iTunes rate of $1.00 per song or do they go with the suggested retail price of $20 per CD? Again, that leads to a high inflated value.

Finally, what is the ratio of pirate items to lost sales? I am betting, again to maximize the number they report, they decide its 1 to 1. That means for every item pirated, thats an item that wasn't sold in the market, but is that really true? Is it really true that if the person couldn't buy an item pirated they would buy it at retail? So if can't download the movie they go buy a ticket? They go get the DVD? If they can't get the song, they go and buy the CD? I mean really, what are that chances of that being 1:1? I say none.

So, really, you are looking at a value that is exaggerated in every way possible. What part of the presented stats are even valid? Who don't know because no one asks.

Ever heard of the saying from Mark Twain? "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." The MPAA have an agenda and whatever data they present will be to maximize that agenda. Always always questions where the data comes from and how its derived.

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I agree

The movie industry is one of the few with a huge surplus for the USA. Lost revenue does equal lost tax revenue.

If you watch you should pay to watch it not get a DVD for $5 from some street vendor or download from China.

Movies cost a lot of money to make. $200 million+ for the summer blockbuster. Add another $50-100 million to market.

In this arena, it does cost jobs. It does erode our trade deficit. You want to watch--pay for it like your parents did.

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140.000 jobs....

Or just one yacht for Dick Armey or any of a hundred overpaid Hollywood executives.

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20.5 Billion in losses?

Wonder how they came up with that figure? From what I was told, most companies with that theft rate would be out of business fast. Of course to our 'lawmakers', that is probably just a few days of spending.
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Re: 20.5 Billion in losses?

So if I don't get a job at Blockbuster I know who to blame. What kind of polls does the MPAA take to come up with these figures and the fact is it still dwarfs what the top movies get at the box office.

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said by RayW:

Wonder how they came up with that figure? From what I was told, most companies with that theft rate would be out of business fast.

The way they came up with that figure is in all probability the same way they come up with all their "losses to piracy" numbers: they
    •use some questionable method for estimating the number of units pirated, and then•multiply by the full retail price.
This is the invariable method used by the MPAA (movies) and RIAA (music) and BSA (software police).

In other words, they first make up some high number of units. In the past for example, they have simply referred to the number of CDRs and DVDRs sold - assuming all of them were used for piracy! - never mind all the backups, home video, recordings from one's own TV or CD's, etc. (Likewise the BSA has assumed that a computer will have X units of commercial software, and multiply by the number of computers, and if sales are less than that, they assume the rest is piracy.)

Then they assume that every infringing copy would have been purchased at full retail price. They may be entitled to full retail price in some moral or legal sense, but to count it as a "loss" is to claim that they purchases would have been made if not for the piracy. This is realistic only on the MPAA/RIAA/BSA planet, on Earth it is bogus.

What's really disgraceful is that the media accept the grossly inflated numbers without having the journalistic integrity to question the bizarre and preposterous methodology.

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140.000 jobs?

Just think about how many people the ISPs, and makers of MP3 players employ, and a few jobs lost to piracy isn't that bad.
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I wonder

How much job loss does crummy product cost? Hollywood hasn't had an original idea in quite some time. We get the sequel of this or the remake of that. Does this take into account that they are making TV shows of the 80s into movies that no one wants to see?
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How much is attributed to China

What's often overlooked is that most of the piracy takes place in China. I doubt this study looks into what percentage of this perceived loss is due to them.

Congress can pass all of the heavy handed laws that they want but until the Secretary of Commerce and the US Trade Representative gets tough on the Chinese government over this issue, nothing will change.

But go ahead MPAA and lobby Congress to pass more restrictive laws. All you will do is piss off more of your paying customers.

P.S. Does anyone have a link to the study?
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Re: How much is attributed to China

Apparently the problem in some foreign countries is that they don't follow the Berne Convention. There are countries, many of them (perhaps the vast majority) in the Far East, that simply don't enforce copyrights. In other words, it's that US Copyright doesn't mean anything "over there". So piracy is not even so much about people breaking their local laws, it's more like that the local laws don't exist - there aren't any laws to break regarding copyright in the first place. Or at least US copyrights aren't recognized as valid in some of these countries. This is probably going to change, because of globalization, political pressure, and so on. China has just recently started enforcing something at this point. So it's not about "busting" people as much as it is about international trade agreements, getting both countries on the same page when it comes to copyrights and enforcing copyrights. Essentially, it's about making US Copyrights (or Canadian copyrights, UK coyprights etc...) valid on a global scale.

And, of course, there is also the "falling behind the times" thing -- I think the way that both music and movie "purchases" are carried out these days perhaps ought to be reconsidered.

How many movies does an average person watch in a month? Obviously, an individual who was very wealthy could purchase 25,000 DVDs and Music CD's, but would be unable to watch or listen to them all in any relatively short period of time.

There is a limitation, based on the fact that we are human beings and that there are only 24 hours in a day, and that we all have limited lifespans and are not immortal -- furthermore, as human beings, we tend to have jobs, chores, things to fix around the house, lawns to mow, flowers to plant, kids to raise, laundry to wash, groceries to buy, dinners to make.... you get the idea.

For movies specifically, I think the idea of "unlimited pay-per-view", say, for instance, from a selection of 50,000+ movies, avaliable "on-demand", for $50 per month or so, for example, might be workable. For those who watch less, perhaps the pay-per-views could be charged individually.

In any case, with both music and movies, we are at a point where the industry needs to recognize the inherent limitations that human beings have which prevent them from from watching an unlimited amount of movies. This is different from p2p, because with p2p, you can have one copy of a movie made available to essentially a very large number of people (and the solution to this is to illegalize leeching, not encourage it). So when you have, say, 80,000 people working together watching movies, they can watch more movies than any one individual can even through the course of an entire lifetime.

Recognizing the time limitiations of any single individual highlights the problem that leeching on p2p creates. What needs to happen is that the databases of movies need to be brought online, and an interface to a set-top box needs to be created. The future is probably in pay-per-view.

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Re: How much is attributed to China

In Lisbon we already have a flat rate card for movie goers. It's 13€ (~15 USD) per month and you can watch unimited movies in a few theaters (for comparison, regular ticket prices are about 5€). Not all releases are available in those theaters, but they cover most releases here.

A few friends I know who do have the card will watch around 4-5 movies per month, as opposed to 2-3 before the card was available. See something curious? They're spending about as much now as before this card was available, but they are seeing more movies and they will often recomend those movies they like, so more people go see them.

I don't think the distribution company who makes these cards is complaning about lost sales either, they are still advertising them.

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I personally think we should start an organization called "STFU RIAA/MPAA". We simply make a $1 donation along with a FU card and we'll be able to hand them a check for more than their losses so they can shut up.

The job tactic in congress is BS we all know that the exaggeration ration on that is more than 25% and MUST include all markets world wide. We also all know that piracy is 3 times greater in china/other places than in the US. Why don't they go after other countries? because if people didn't get it pirated they would not get it period since they can't afford it. Since "most" Americans have "some" money let's make sure they give it up since we can't control piracy anywhere else in the world.

Like it was said before does jobs are like 50%+ jobs that would be overseas but since the companies overall income would be based in the USA they would have to pay tax revenue on it, so they can claim the jobs bs.

If it wasn't for piracy/file sharing we would all still be rocking 56k modems. Millions of customers would not get dsl/cable services. Which in itself provides a tremendous amount of jobs from installers to tech support to engineers to consultants which balance out the scale. Then we have the beginning/expansion of companies such as netflix which bring in MPAA revenue due to the use of new technologies(wide spread use of internet due to referrals).

We all know that if it wasn't for the downloading of games/apps/videos/music we would not need 10mbit pipes to some extent.

I don't know about everyone else but i don't like movie reviews by newspapers/magazines etc.
I don't want some 60 year old guy telling me that spiderman is not a good movie because of this and this.
The persons age is definitely an issue so is the taste of movies the person has etc. If it wasn't for web technologies i wouldn't even see the trailers for so many movies to eventually end up seeing them in theaters.

I think the MPAA should just allow people to download their movies legally and make use of the technologies out there

In conclusion i think people are getting to addicted to the Hollywood scene/music scene. They lookup up to no good celebrities that are full of themselves. I am a teenager but MTV scares me when my 5yr nieces dance like the strippers in the videos etc.

wow this was like my longest post.
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woah woah woah

People didn't pay tax on the blank dvd's they subtituted for store bought dvd's. They also didn't pay taxes on the dvd burners and computers they had to buy to copy them? How about on the internet connection they downloaded the movies off? Or the modchip they slammed in their xbox?

Btw not every pirate movie is a lost sale either. For the price of a 20 dollar dvd.. you could buy 50-100 blank dvd's. So if you burned 75 dvd's, it doesn't mean you had 1500 to spend on the original copies.. lol!

If those jobs are being lost in dvd manufacturing they're easily absorbed somewhere else.. It just means the money is flowing to other sectors.. whatever the consumer spends their money on is still taxed.

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maybe if the industry actually cared about customers

maybe if they actually put more effort into their films for their customers it would improve.
i went to a theater to see superman.
it looked like HDTV upscaled to Film.
i bought and watched star wars episode 3 on dvd and the quality wasnt very sharp not to mention the 3 prequals were only recorded in 1080p instead of film.
so MPAA work on your quality and maybe youll see more sales.

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Re: maybe if the industry actually cared about customers

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Irrelevant

Quality has nothing to do with it.
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Re: maybe if the industry actually cared about customers

quality has everything to do with it
quality > quantity

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Say I download season 5 of 24.

They can't prove I didn't still buy it.

Secondly, these numbers are bullcrap. The way they come up with them is they look for any department that has lost sales in the last year, and immediately blame it on "piracy".

Check »www.boycott-riaa.com for some details on their budget spinning.

I don't feel bad if they are losing money. That's what happens when you refuse to get with the times. Suing your primary consumer base also makes for bad PR.
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insomniac84

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Re: Say I download season 5 of 24.

I'm sure they will come up with a way to digitally mark every copy with a serial number, that the removal of or copy of violates the dmca. So if you did download something you already owned, you still must go to jail.

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Re: Say I download season 5 of 24.

said by insomniac84:

I'm sure they will come up with a way to digitally mark every copy with a serial number, that the removal of or copy of violates the dmca. So if you did download something you already owned, you still must go to jail.
I'm not talking about downloading what you already own - I only do this if I'm too lazy to get up and rip the CD. I've done this with Dream Theater's Train of Thought a lot of times.

I use that example because, had I not began downloading music, my music "collection" would still consist of the one and only CD Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP. If the RIAA had their way with the internet, it'd still be that way.
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I would feel sorry for Hollywood, but.......

Look at what they are selling LEGIT copies of Superman Returns in China

"The Mandarin-language DVDs cost more than what counterfeit DVDs typically sell for. The single-disc "Superman Returns" costs about $1.75 (14 yuan), while the two-disc special edition is available for $2.75. "

Meanwhile back at home when it arrives.

""Superman" won't be released in the United States until Nov. 28 at $28.98 for the single disc and $34.99 for the two-disc special edition. In other countries, the DVD goes on sale at about the same time."

How do they justify selling the DVD at 15-20 times at what they sell it to the Chinese?

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alexk6

join:2002-10-28
Vernon, BC

bs stats

I copy movies. I also go to the theatre 2-3 times a month. If I stopped copying movies would I go to the theatre more? Of course not, I only have so much $ to spend on shit like that. So whos actually getting hurt? Nobody, in fact its a positive because I might recommend a movie to someone that will rent or buy it that I would not have seen otherwise.

XoLiMiT

join:2001-10-04
Colonia, NJ

Re: bs stats

maybe they should make a movie about piracy since they like making money of 9/11 movies the f*cken retards

Sircolby45

join:2005-11-26

Total BS

The thing about piracy is most of the people that do it either never planned on buying it anyway, or they go ahead and buy it anyway. I don't think that piracy is really slowing sales hardly any at all personally(of course I could be wrong so don't flame me on that).
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Well Here's Some Good News for the Movie Industry...

On the VX2K mailing list, there were several people reporting this week that the DVD-Rs they burned in 2003 are no longer readable. The discs have been stored in those plastic cases and have developed spots in the dye. So either there was a vast conspiracy by the MPAA, or just a fortunate turn of events preventing some percentage of pirated DVDs from living on.

And in related news... my wife reported from the Philippines that their government has a set of dogs that can sniff out pirated DVDs. Now I'm laughing!
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Re: Well Here's Some Good News for the Movie Industry...

Yeah...Maybe they should do a study on how much precious time and money their crappy movies shown in theaters cost me. How about that eh?

What is it now, like 6-9 bucks for a movie ticket? And most of the movies don't even get more than fair/good rating in the reviews.

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Re: Well Here's Some Good News for the Movie Industry...

Paul Harvey mentioned a theater that closed its doors recently. The marquee read: "The business is fine. But the movies of late were just awful."

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Now if they could only get creative

I'm sick of all the worn out re-do's of worn out old movies.

Yo, smallywood, get a brain cell.

I just saw an advertisement for the next big movie....yet another rip off of an old Marvell comic:
Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role.

They think we want to pay for this crap ?

I *might* watch a pirated version (probably not).
I damn sure ain't paying to see it.

Come up with ONE SINGLE ORIGINAL movie that has some substance, I don't even care what genre or style it's made from.
ONE SINGLE GOOD MOVIE.
That's all I ask for....if they can do it then I will gladly pay to see it.

The whole problem is, they can't do that.

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insomniac84

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Schererville, IN

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Sad.

People who don't pay for movies/music download it for free. Total loss=zero. Those that are willing to pay retail for this stuff will still pay even if they do download a copy for free. I for one could never pay to download a movie/tv show. If it's not free, I would never buy them. tnt, usa, etc. movies, nbc, fox, cbs, abc shows are good enough for me.
Biggest problem with media=Not providing free ad supported downloads. If I could download tv shows with ads in them the same time in which the show airs, I would do so. So called illegal downloads only come a few hours after the show finishes airing.
it's simple provide a copy of the show with ads intact before the illegal version with ads removes shows up. Then you will win.

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Re: Sad.

said by insomniac84:

People who don't pay for movies/music download it for free. Total loss=zero. Those that are willing to pay retail for this stuff will still pay even if they do download a copy for free.
So if I don't want to pay for my meal at a restuarant I should be able to just walk out without paying since I never intended to do so in the first place?

Maybe bank robbers should be allowed to rob banks since they never intend to abide by the law anyways. Or maybe rapists should be able to rape since they aren't going to stop raping. Maybe crack should be legal since crack addicts will smoke crack no matter what.

insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

Re: Sad.

I feel sorry for you. No one is deprived of anything when someone downloads a copy. At best someone is only deprived if someone downloads a copy instead of purchasing it. Plus copyright violations are not theft.

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what about all the jobs that are needed to create drm and anti piracy that's prolly way more 140K