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Movie piracy does nothing but rise

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 31 Jan 2007 11:09 User comments (22)

Movie piracy does nothing but rise Despite many anti-piracy efforts in the United States, piracy of movies and other types of digital content is still rising sharply, despite claims that litigation against file sharers is "working". The Solutions Research Group has collected the latest available data on P2P file sharing and has come to a startling find about how many people are actually downloading. Specifically, those using P2P file sharing system doubled in figures from 2005 to 2006.
One in five U.S. citizens have pirated a major film and two thirds of them have downloaded a film at least monthly. 80% of overall movie downloaders use so called "unauthorized" services to get their movies for free, as opposed to using a legal solution to get them. This bad news for the two major trade bodies, the RIAA and MPAA, who haver both resorted to legal action against thousands of U.S. citizens.

We reported some days ago that most Americans do not believe that downloading is a serious offense at all. "There is a Robin Hood effect. Most people perceive celebrities and studios to be rich already and as a result don't think of movie downloading as a big deal," said study director Kaan Yigit.


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22 user comments

131.1.2007 11:24

boo-frickin-hoo for hollywood. gee, i feel so bad that Lars Ulrick can't get his gold encrusted shark tank and Ben Affleck can't get that diamond-encrust Prince Albert.

the strategies used by the MPAA and RIAA are obviously failing, yet somehow they refuse to adapt. it's very apparent that "staying the course" rarely works.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Jan 2007 @ 11:25

231.1.2007 11:38

And it is going to continue to rise until hollywood gets the message that people are tired of being told what they can and cannot do with the stuff they already OWN. It is also going to rise due to the fact that hollywood has not adressed how to legally obtain first-run movies at theaters online....which accounts for a LOT of piracy.

331.1.2007 11:38

i dont care for either RIAA or MPAA mainly because of how much bullshiet they been starting so i'm glad they are gettin hit in the pocket....

431.1.2007 11:59

And it is going to continue to rise until hollywood gets the message that people are tired of being told what they can and cannot do with the stuff they already OWN. It is also going to rise due to the fact that hollywood has not adressed how to legally obtain first-run movies at theaters online....which accounts for a LOT of piracy.
I tend to agree. Many people are pirating just because they are being told they cannot.

531.1.2007 12:24

Movie piracy does nothing but rise
- Imagine my surprise.

631.1.2007 12:32

I am really glad that the GORILLA TACTICS of RIAA and MPAA are not working. These two are nothing more than bullies. I really believe in the end of all of this we the consumers, the downloaders the so called pirates will be victorious any way.Long Live the Pirates.

731.1.2007 12:32

Lower the price of movies! 1 in 5 Americans? given the population is 300 million that would be 60 million people downloading movies 40 million of which are downloading monthly. If they can pinpoint the statistics wouldn't they also be able to catch who is doing all this downloading. If the CIA world Fact book is correct 205,326,680 Americans use the internet in 2005 Which means about 1 in 3 internet users in the US download movies. I guess the RIAA and MPAA have a lot of court orders to hand out.

831.1.2007 12:39

what they (the MPAA and riaa) need to do is start a law or something saying you pay us say $200 a year and for one year you can download without any problems.

931.1.2007 13:31

if its risen so much why is hollywood still makeing a profit? *LOL*

1031.1.2007 13:35

honestly, we don't have the facts. a lot of money doesn't go accounted for. i believe they're a lot richer than they've even let on and simply cringing from the slightest withdrawal. it's illegal to shoot heroine, even if you feel megawithdrawals. if only it could be illegal to be a greedy parasitic corporation... :-P

1131.1.2007 14:00

after we read this our we supposed to believe that we are making movie stars go broke?

1231.1.2007 14:58


1331.1.2007 14:58

wow obvious

141.2.2007 12:38

Hollywood just needs to chill. they are being greedy thats it, How many billions of dollars did they make last year??? A lot.

151.2.2007 17:36

Tough SHIT to you whining YANKS. The sooner you lot stop telling the rest of the world how to live their lives, the better off we'll all be. How typical for yet another major corporation to try to tell the small man what he can do in his own home. Just be done with it, it's never going to be controlable. Live with the fact that your fat wallet will still get fatter, the poor man will still be poor and Americans will still be idiots!

162.2.2007 11:34

Hey enough about the Amercians we are not talking about where we live where talking about movies .D.A.!

173.2.2007 7:51

Buck66m sure had it out for someone,
Yanks? that must be a european slang word. Correct me if I'm wrong

184.2.2007 7:42

Dela How about changing the way you word your headlines??? "Movie piracy CLAIMS BY THE MPAA do nothing but rise, JUST LIKE THEIR PROFITS"

194.2.2007 12:24

buck66m, im an american and i would like to stick it to hollywood as much if not more than most. i suggest you read everthing in its entirety before posting. and if you want to sling mud i can do that as well you bloody limey. lol lol lol

204.2.2007 12:37

You mean people are d-loading movies illegally? Geez! Is that like importing illegal aliens to work dirt cheap for big business?

216.2.2007 8:32

Movie industry is retarded...

227.2.2007 10:30

If this survey is accurate, it indicates that less than 15% of consumers are P2P downloading movies, this only proofs that P2P is not to blame for piracy, and their effords to fight piracy should not be focused at consumers homes.

I remember reading a survey last year, which showed that only 1 in 5 consumers purchased legally their movies and music, which means that only 20% of consumers owns legal copies; if you compare this to the results of the recent survey, proofs that the real problem is pirated copies on the streets, not P2P downloading.

Instead of suing consumers, they should be attacking the pirates that sell their copies on the streets, those are the ones who are making a profit from their goods, but so far they have done little to nothing to stop them.

Also the best way to stop piracy (and in this case, P2P downloading) is to make your product free DRM and accesible to all consumers, specially by lowering their prices to the point that is more appealing to buy them legally, rather that getting them on the streets.

Any business man knows that you lose money each day your product is collecting dust on stores, because you're not only losing your profit, also you're not getting back the money you invested in making the product.

But how can they expect all consumers to download music, movies and TV shows legally or purchase legal copies on retail stores, when you still see guys selling pirated copies on the streets? when they are reluctant to lower their exagerated prices? when they are reluctant to offer free DRM music, TV shows and movies for download?

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