Movie Pirates Pounce?
from the say-what? dept
Sometimes I wonder how people can be so blind to the lies that the entertainment industry reports about piracy. Then I realize that half the time it’s because of the press reporting things as fact. Let’s take a quick look at this “alarming” piece from a Minnesota newspaper telling us all about the the horror of movie pirates online. It quotes two Attack of the Clones downloaders as if this is proof that the movie industry is losing money (even though, hidden at the end of the story, she mentions that both of the downloaders she talks to are still planning to see Attack of the Clones in the theater). It ignores studies that point out that people still go to movies because it’s a social experience. In fact, the “reporter” announces as “fact” that the reason we haven’t stopped going to the movies is because downloading movies takes more “technical finesse” than the average user has right now. She also writes about the “Napsterization” of movies, as if that’s a clear “bad” thing. She never once mentions that studies have shown that many people who trade music online end up buying more music. It’s these types of articles that help to brainwash the public into thinking they need to support braindead, dangerous legislation like the CBDTPA.