MPAA Joins RIAA In Having Budgets Slashed
from the obsolete-organizations-die-off dept
Following the news that the RIAA’s revenue was cut dramatically in the past few years, TorrentFreak has also posted the MPAA’s 2010 tax filing, showing that it, too, has taken a pretty massive beating in terms of revenue from its gatekeeper members.
In just three years the revenue generated by the anti-piracy outfit reduced from $92.8 million to $49.6 million. The decreased budget is a direct result of the major Hollywood studios cutting back on their MPAA funding. In the same period membership dues dropped from $84.7 million to $41.5 million, more than a 50% decline.
The filing (embedded below) includes some interesting tidbits. It’s not at all surprising to see that the MPAA funds the Copyright Alliance, but I had not seen before that it funds ITIF. ITIF was the think tank who was the major “intellectual backer” of SOPA/PIPA. They had published the first paper that more or less suggested the approach found in SOPA/PIPA, and when the MPAA was absolutely desperate for technology “experts” who could argue that SOPA wouldn’t break DNS, the only people they rolled out were ITIF staff members. It’s not surprising that the MPAA funded them, but I don’t recall that being disclosed anywhere previously.
Also, as with the RIAA’s salaries, it’s pretty ridiculous to see the MPAA complaining about being rich as proof that someone must be breaking the law, when its top execs are all making pretty large salaries. Nearly every person listed in their list of key employees/highest compensated employees is clearly way far north into the 1% of most highly compensated Americans.
And all that while its budget keeps getting slashed. Perhaps the studios are recognizing that they’re better off no longer throwing good money after bad. Of course, it’s noteworthy that a number of people on the list ended up leaving the MPAA. Former CEO Dan Glickman left earlier than expected, apparently due to dissatisfaction from the studio heads, and a number of others left as well. So it will be interesting when the 2011 report finally comes out to see if they studios fed money back into the MPAA once Chris Dodd was brought in.