Movie Makers Use 'Fake' Piracy Numbers To Score Distribution Deal

from the well,-good-for-them? dept

The NY Times recently had a blog post noting that the makers of an $850,000 romantic comedy called X's and O's were thrilled that their movie was widely shared on file sharing networks, because the attention it got helped land them a big DVD distribution deal, and potentially a television deal, helped along by the attention received from that file sharing. Of course, there's just one little problem. The FreakBits guys noticed that the number of downloads the movies' creators are citing are almost certainly false. Apparently some sites post fake download numbers as a part of their advertising, and the movie makers used those fake numbers. But... it seemed to get them attention to get more deals, so more power to them. No matter what, it suggests that (once again) obscurity is a much bigger problem than piracy.

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    CrushU, 3 Sep 2009 @ 2:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Actually fansubs are a bit of a hot topic, when it comes to Anime... Japan companies either can't or don't care about fans putting English subtitles on the episodes. (I'm not sure which) However, ENGLISH companies most certainly DO care when someone takes the Japanese anime and puts English subtitles on it, when they've licensed it from Japan. Afaik, they've not been very strict in trying to enforce copyright, e.g. suing fansubbers, because they realize that they're the biggest fans. (They don't get paid to do this work!) To my knowledge, some fansub sites have been sent C&D's to stop hosting the fansubbed episodes.

    The only specific example I can point to is the Dattebayo fansubbing group, and their (former) flagship anime to sub: Naruto.

    They stopped subbing it recently because the American license holders started putting up subbed episodes up online (for free?) in a short amount of time,

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