Some people don’t take movie piracy seriously they just laugh and say what’s the big deal. Well that’s why I want to explain what is actually wrong with it. I know most people probably disagree and think that it’s more of joke and there is no harm in pirating a movie. I never pirated a movie but didn’t think it was a big deal if someone did. But after researching it is a big deal and I will tell you why.
First of all in the U.S. alone the movie studio’s lost 1.3 billion in 2005. All together in 2005 movie studios all around the world lost 6.5 billion dollars. According to the MPAA they lose 3 billion dollars annually from global piracy. This is a problem because the money that is earned from Movie theaters is what goes into the movie business and also the movie revenues from DVD sales.
Research done by Cambridge Cache Logic showed that for an example 58% people have downloaded a movie, and those who said that they downloaded a movie have already pirated 11 films each. 21% said that downloading before a movie hits theaters was acceptable. They also have found main reasons for downloading most people said that the high cost of tickets and wide film availability was online. This survey was performed in Finland, Korea, Australia, Germany, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Italy.
A growing number in colleges of people pirating movies, a study was conducted in 2007. The highest schools that pirated movies were Columbia University (1,198); University of Pennsylvania (934), Boston University (891), and University of California (889) were the top schools that pirated. Danny Glickman the head of the MPAA stated that that his organization would work with school administrators to put an end to movie piracy on campuses, which Glickman says costs the industry $500 million annually.
Legal battles have happened in the past here are just some examples what happened. A movie goer in New York was caught secretly filming the movie Transformers. New York according to CBSNews.com and the MPAA is a cause of 40% bootlegged films. For just one charge you could be in jail for 6 months and a $5,000 fine. Is that really worth it? Another example is a 19 year old male that pleaded guilty for using a camcorder in a theater in St. Louis. He was one of the first people to be caught after the Congress passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. Now one can fight this and say we should be looking at crimes such as murder, kidnapping, or drug laws. But that is important but as a person would you want your creativity, something that you worked on get stolen? People get in trouble for stealing in stores I think that it’s the same for stealing at movie theaters.
More information that was interesting from CBS News was about the movie Spiderman 3, since Sony spent around 250 million dollars they asked in Canada movie theaters to step up their efforts to stop pirating. This was because in Canada it is one of the highest places for movie pirating. Sony Studios even found out that earlier when Spiderman 3 came out it was already on sale in Beijing. Even Fox Studios threatened the theatre chain Cineplex if they didn’t start cracking down then they wouldn’t allow any new releases. Movie studios are now cracking down so be warned and don’t do it.
Remember the next time you pirate a movie and the trouble it causes. Sources were CBSnews.com, washingtonpost.com, torrentfreak.com, and arstechnica.com, and pcworld.com.