Viant Says More People Are Downloading Movies

from the of-course-they-are dept

Well, this will just become more fuel for the MPAA’s fire, but Viant has come out with a study saying more people are downloading movies. This isn’t at all surprising, of course. More people are getting broadband access, or learning how to use file sharing – and there are more popular movies coming out. Even Viant admits that this is partly because of all the people trying to get Spiderman and Attack of the Clones – two movies that brought in record amounts of money. I would think that to a normal person this would suggest that the term “movie pirates” is not very accurate. How many times have pirates robbed someone in a way that made the “victims” wealthier? The study also mentions that only about 20% to 30% of people who tried to download either movie were successful. Update: BBspot has their own take on the whole movie “piracy” thing, with their “expose” of how Spiderman 2 is already online before even being filmed. They do a pretty good imitation of Valenti and the MPAA.

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Chris (user link) says:

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Of course, the RIAA and their friends will automatically assume that anybody who downloaded Episode II was somebody who would have gone to the movie otherwise. This obviously is a lame assumption. Even a nice 21 inch LCD screen is no replacement for the experience of going to the movies. I would bet the vast majority of people downloading Episode II and Spiderman paid full price to see the movie in a theatre, and a good percentage have probably paid to see it twice.

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