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MPAA makes another bold claim

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 May 2007 18:32 User comments (18)

MPAA makes another bold claim In another amazingly bold statement, the MPAA has claimed that its efforts to prevent illegal recording of Spider-Man 3 gave it "a fair shot at its record-setting opening."
The MPAA noted that in total 31 would-be pirates were caught by cinema staff equipped with night vision goggles. The Association offered $500 USD reward to the staff for each person found trying to illegally record the movie.

Of course, the flawed logic behind the statement is that it only takes ONE illegal recording to hit the internet before the movie is considered pirated, and it doesnt matter how many people are stopped after that. But if the MPAA would like to think they helped Spider-Man 3 make over $150 million opening weekend, lets let them.


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18 user comments

120.5.2007 18:36

well they didnt do a very good job. there are many copies of spiderman 3 on the internet. the MPAA failed again

220.5.2007 18:46

Funny thing with this is they can think they have a moral victory with stuff like that but people will go see a movie they like and still get a bootleg to watch again.

320.5.2007 19:04

Circular logic, eh?

420.5.2007 19:16


Because, you know, stopping people after the first 31 will TOTALLY stop people from downloading it and boost the films cash flow.


520.5.2007 23:58

spiderman 3 was crap anyway.

621.5.2007 0:25

the MPAA had no choice but to blame the capture of pirates for the success as it makes their futile case seem more feasible, but the fact that there was a telecine version of spiderman 3 on every popular torrent site the day before release shows how these lying conglomerates operate, its all spin and piffle.

btw, a telecine is a copy taken from the movie reels, not from a camcorder and is a far superior format.

Originally posted by wiki pr spin :

In public relations, spin is a sometimes pejorative term signifying a heavily biased portrayal in one's own favor of an event or situation. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, "spin" often, though not always, implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics. Politicians are often accused of spin by commentators and political opponents, when they produce a counter argument or position.

The term is borrowed from ball sports such as cricket, where a spin bowler may impart spin on the ball during a delivery so that it will curve through the air or bounce in an advantageous manner.

The techniques of "spin" include:

* Selectively presenting facts and quotes that support one's position (cherry picking)
* Non-denial denial
* Phrasing in a way that assumes unproven truths
* Euphemisms to disguise or promote one's agenda
* Ambiguity
* Skirting
* Rejecting the validity of hypotheticals
* Appealing to internal policies

Another spin technique involves careful choice of timing in the release of certain news so it can take advantage of prominent events in the news. A famous reference to this practice occurred when British Government press officer Jo Moore used the phrase It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury, (widely paraphrased or misquoted as "It's a good day to bury bad news"), in an email sent on September 11, 2001. The furor caused when this email was reported in the press eventually caused her to resign.
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721.5.2007 1:01

If a movie does badly, it's because of the evil pirates. If a movie does well, it's because the MPAA has defeated the evil pirates. The quality of the movie is irrelevant, really.

821.5.2007 1:22

they will be saying the same about shrek later today! what amazes me is pirates are ruining their business but every movie breaks all previous records for Proffits!

Originally posted by bbc link above:

Animation record for third Shrek
Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz at Shrek the Third premiere
Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz lend their voices to Shrek the Third
The third Shrek movie has made $120m (61m) in its first weekend on release in the US and Canada - a new box office record for an animated movie.
and i thought canada was the source of all evil pirates or is just America jealous of their ability to not shoot each other 24/7
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921.5.2007 7:01

What the MPAA wont admit is that half the poeple who saw the crappy movie want their money back.

Spider man 3 sucked. Do not waste band width DL it or you money to see it at a theatre.

1021.5.2007 14:05

Basically MPAA is bribing people to get results thats a low blow. Maybe cause they know they cant get anyone any other way.

1121.5.2007 20:24

shrek 3 was crap too. they tried way too hard.

1222.5.2007 20:15

Wow! A measly $500 compared to the $150 million that the movie made. You would think that the MPAA could loosen up the purse strings just a little bit.

Aside from that, most early releases are studio leaks to begin with. In this day and age of high tech piracy, the bootleggers demand high quality. The days of seeing somebody walk across the screen are over.

1324.5.2007 12:54

Originally posted by aone:
spiderman 3 was crap anyway.

Originally posted by nanu-nanu:
What the MPAA wont admit is that half the poeple who saw the crappy movie want their money back.

Spider man 3 sucked. Do not waste band width DL it or you money to see it at a theatre.

Originally posted by aone:
shrek 3 was crap too. they tried way too hard.
So you are saying you actually liked the first two movies of either of those series? Frankly I thought that both Spider Mans sucked big time, coming from someone who loved the comics growing up. The first Shrek was decent, the second sucked donkey balls (pun included) and I was surprised to hear that they were making a third of either series, but when you get those gullible kids complaining to their parents that they want to go see the new movie that they got brainwashed on TV about, that is what you get.
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1424.5.2007 22:15

i actually thought they did pretty well with spiderman 2. we got deeper into the characters and all. and i wasn't an avid spiderman fan, but i do know something of that universe and i have to admit they did bring most of the major points in. so it was alright with me.

and shrek 2 was pretty funny also. it's the one that got me into the whole shrek thing. i didn't even watch the first one till i watched the second one.

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1524.5.2007 23:59

Funny I had no troubles checkign it out..and god...did it suck

Zippy Review of SM3
We start out with normal spider man fighting mecha goblin who likes having his fleshy head exposed ,they fight mecha goblin gets concussion and wins MJ over while parker becomes "emo rage" and Sand "Im not really a bad" Man enters the ring ,emo spidy loses a couple fights then dumps the man made simbiont suit then begs mecha " two face" goblin for help to save MJ from man voice venom and Sand "Im not really a bad" Man and a out of place US flag oh the huamity of the misplaced pride flag!!!!
Then every one dies and Spidy and MJ live happily ever after.....

1626.5.2007 19:20


Love the review. Thanks for saving me $10 on a ticket.

1726.5.2007 21:23

For the record I didn't like 2 much and I hate the pointless edits to to comic film ,2 was off but bearable 3 just tries to much at once tries to be to hip and fails from it.

1827.5.2007 18:17

My observation is that the vast majority of humans work to earn a living, while a small percentage, primarily those who possess enough wealth to live comfortable for many generations, look to make a killing off the hard earned wages of the majority. Laws often are passed to ensure that those earning $15-$20 or less an hour do not cheat those who are paid a lifetimes earnings for each task they perform. A growing consumer base allows for exorbitant amounts to be acquired by simply basing prices on consumer demand. Perhaps it's about time for fair pricing, before someone decides to raise the price of toilet paper to several dollars per roll? Of course we can sit back and allow inflation to take care of that eventually.

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