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I like the way they state it - The US economy lost 20.5 billion - not the movie industry, but the US economy.

What a farce. Um, hey IPI, the money not spent on movies - where did it go? Was it not spent on other things? Do these other things not also benefit from a multiplier effect? If piracy suddenly ceased to exist, would all that money have been spent on movies?

I am personally insulted. Do these people think we don't have brains? Do they really believe we're not going to resent the attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.


This sounds like the DEC Computers claim against Kevin Mitnick: He, what, stole $3Mil from them when he copied some set of the Ultrix ( DEC Unix ) source code.

By the way, some guy stole my Sunday Times two weeks ago, based on what was in that, he owes $30K. With the info in the paper I could of invested 7K in foreign arbitrage, and made four times my initial sink.

Who do I talk to?

Darn voodoo economics.


If they checked the figures, they'd see that hardware makers employ more people, and make more profit than the entertainment industry. They expect the world to bow down unto them. You can't lose what you never had in the 1st place. They're talking about POTENTIAL SALES and assuming that every downloader or copier equals a lost sale. All of their assumptions are bogus. Another fact they ignore is, that high prices reduce sales. That can be proved more readily than that "piracy" hurts sales.


Back in the days of Napster the music industry had an equal number of "independent" studies stating loss values.

Itunes and other pay for download services started, I don't see the over all jump in the declining profit curve by 10bil to the recording industry.

I'd be much more willing to belive an inflated gradual curve extending off of the movie profit curve, than a some number greater than the GDP of Afghanistan (2004).

Hollywood is famous for its' accounting, where, for example, people promised 10% of the net profit for a movie like Terminator 3 ( about 600 million worldwide gross ), get nothing, because it didn't turn a "profit", though grossed more than three times what it cost to make.


For every study they show claiming loss, you can find a dozen showing No Loss or even Net Gain. Studio prices are arbitrary. Supply is unlimited, esp with online distribution. So, why do movies and music cost so much? Why is online content saddled with DRM, and lots of restrictions? They are holding us back with DRM. Nobody likes DRM, except the suits, who are as clueless as they are greedy. DRM does not provide value to customers. It should be illegal, as it's not in the public interest.

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