Some Actual Data On Canada's Supposed Movie Piracy Epidemic
from the doesn't-look-so-big-now dept
We've been talking about the movie industry's recent big push to get stricter laws in Canada concerning recording a movie in a theater. It's a silly push for a variety of reasons -- not the least of which is that the movie industry can't even agree on a number for just how big the problem is. Every day a different article comes out with a different statistic, none of which seems to be backed up with any proof to show that Canada really represents a big problem. The folks over at PC Pitstop realized they could shed some light on the subject and wrote in to let us know: " While PC Pitstop doesn't have the ability to see what is going on in Canadian movie theaters, we are able to take a look at how Canada compares to other World-wide regions for the prevalence of PC peer-to-peer file sharing, DVD decryption and ripping and CD audio recording software applications. Based on our research, Canada appears to fall in the middle of the pack of the World-wide regions for the prevalence of these three software application groups. Our results do little to support the premise that Canada is a safe haven for digital media piracy." Of course, "Canada is sort of in the middle of the pack" doesn't make for as exciting headlines as the ones that claim that Canada is a huge source of pirated movies.