If File Sharing Is Costing Hollywood So Much Money, Why Do They Want To Pay So Little To Stop It?

from the hell,-that's-the-penalty-on-a-single-movie dept

A bunch of folks have sent over the story that TorrentFreak posted about Warner Bros. UK looking to hire a technology-savvy student for a year to be on its "anti-piracy" team. The job involves finding file sharing sites, monitoring them, and sending takedown notices. Fun stuff. But what caught my eye is that the job pays £17,500 for 12 months (or about $26,000). Considering that the industry pushes to fine people more than that amount per file shared, it certainly seems to be cheaping out to offer so little to the knowledgeable student they're hiring. If file sharing is really "costing" the industry so much, wouldn't the industry actually pay well to stop it?

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Mar 2010 @ 3:42pm

    Bad logic. Take crime X (X can represent any number of crimes, from graffiti to rape). How much do you pay to stop it? No, show me the check. Oh, you don't have a check? I guess you don't care about it, then.

    We call that check we write "taxes." A portion of it goes to law enforcement. People occasionally badger their local representatives to pay more attention to whatever issue it is they care about. Industries lobby Congresscritters.

    C'mon. This was a cheap shot.

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