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by Mike Masnick


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box office, movies, mpaa, piracy

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Biggest Box Office Summer Ever... And Yet All We Hear About Is Piracy?

from the let's-rethink-this,-okay? dept

With the MPAA constantly screaming about how piracy is killing the movie industry, putting poor stagehands and grips out of work, you'd be hard pressed to see the problem when you hear that the box office take this summer passed $4 billion for the first time ever. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that movies are a social experience. People like going out to the movies if the experience is fun and good. If there are good movies, people will go out and see them, even if they're available as a free download online. Just imagine what would happen if the movie industry stopped freaking out, stopped treating everyone as if they were a criminal and (gasp!) actually made the movie-going experience more enjoyable? It seems quite likely that dumb movie industry policies are costing the industry a hell of a lot more than piracy ever has or ever will have.

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    sam, 31 Aug 2007 @ 12:02pm

    yo mike!!!

    love the way you spin... keep it up!

    while you hyped up the record sales... you left out the fact that it was/will be only the 6th hightest in terms of actual tickets sold... which means that there have been higher ticket prices....

    the illusion that you paint that illegal copying/p2p networks has no effect isn't solid....

    but keep the spin going on.. gotta love it!

    peace

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