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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    sswam (profile), 29 Mar 2010 @ 4:54pm

    pirates are also customers

    The world is not divided into black-hat pirates and white-hat consumers. Many pirates also buy CDs, DVDs and go to the cinema, and I think most customers copy music and videos. If the big media companies were to prosecute pirates en-masses, they would be killing their own business. Any broad prosecution of pirates or destruction of piracy infrastructure would (or should) massively backfire on the media companies.

    If they want to keep people coming to the cinema, they need to improve the cinema experience beyond what can be achieved at home, as with the recent 3d movies Avatar, etc.

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