The head of the British Video Association says it's conducted research that found people who download movies watch just as many "legitimate films" as non-downloaders (via Boing Boing). So there's the industry's own evidence that downloading doesn't necessarily have a negative effect on their media buying habits. Well, if only they saw it that way -- the stat's only being used to justify putting anti-piracy trailers at the beginning of DVDs. The statement came as an answer to a series of questions the BBC put to people in the film industry, and their descriptions of copy-protection technology are pretty hilarious. MPAA head Dan Glickman says DRM provides consumers "guidelines for using and consuming content", and that without it, they "might eventually come to totally disregard copyright". Wow, who knew copy-protection was so helpful when all this time, it just appeared to be hampering fair use and keeping people from playing back content they'd bought in the manner they want and on the devices they want. The BVA head's answer is even more full of spin, calling DRM "a means of enabling consumers to access and use audiovisual content in a wider variety of ways that suit their tastes and habits". So copy-protection enables people to do things? Isn't that counter to its entire purpose?
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