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by Mike Masnick

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movies, piracy, simpsons


Once Again, Online Availability Doesn't Dampen Box Office For Simpsons Movie

from the ah,-that-again dept

For years, people have been pointing out that the MPAA's fears over movie downloading are overblown. After all, the experience of watching a movie that you download is quite different from actually going to the theaters and enjoying a social night out. Yet, the folks in the movie industry continue to misunderstand this simple fact. They insist that movie piracy is destroying the business at the same time that they continually make the movie going experience worse, not better. However, the point is driven home week after week when top movies continue to do amazingly well at the box office, despite being available online. We noticed this years ago when the latest installment of Star Wars did quite well despite tons of downloads. More recently, despite entertainment industry worries that the film Sicko was available prior to release, that film also succeeded at the box office. The latest is The Simpsons' Movie, where unauthorized downloading was such a worry that the opening sequence features Bart's famous chalkboard punishment saying "I Will Not Download This Movie Illegally." Yet, not surprisingly, the movie was both widely available and widely downloaded this past weekend... and did amazingly well at the box office. So, at what point will those in the movie industry finally admit that unauthorized downloads aren't the problem they want them to be?

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    niftyswell, 31 Jul 2007 @ 6:44pm

    I downloaded it, I am going to the movie Wednesday with the wife and kids...I am going to keep the download until I can get it on DVD- I like the packaging and extras on the DVD. Wish I could buy a DVD when I go to the theatre though. The only bummer is that I always struggle getting a version on my media player that is as good as the DVD. I dont want 4 gigs clogging up my HD. I usually just put the 700mb torrent version on there...too bad I cannot download a solid version when I purchase the DVD..or the DVD doesnt come with a suitable AVI. Go ahead sue me MPAA...but I think suing your fans is really not working too well for you. The MPAA wont give me what I want and expect me to wait for it thereby punishing the people willing to pay. Thus rewarding the ones who dont, it just doesnt make a lot of sense to me. Usually 'they' follow up these comments with a paid person all concerned about the industry after one of these stories come out...cannot wait to see the reply.

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