New Zealand Media Claiming That Huge Local Film Success Story Is Being Harmed... By 200 Downloaders?

from the say-what-now? dept

Reader Matt Perryman points us to a bizarre story down in New Zealand, which he claims is all over the news. Apparently, a local movie, called Boy, has been a huge success -- having the third most successful box office of a New Zealand film ever. Not bad, right? But, months after the film has been out in the theaters, it's now been leaked to the internet, and suddenly the media frenzy is about just how much this is "costing" the filmmakers. No evidence (at all), is presented. They just claim that a leak like this will cost a million dollars. Even more amusing, at the time these reports came out, they said that the movie had only been downloaded 200 times. But, if you look at the comments on that article, a ton of them are thanking the publications for letting everyone know the movie was available for download. Of course, many of the commenters are also pointing out that they don't live in New Zealand, and there was no way for them to see the movie otherwise... meaning that those downloads aren't losses at all. But, it seems the reporters never bothered to mention that rather important fact.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2010 @ 5:56pm

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    no, 200 downloads wont change anything. but those 200 sharing with their friends, putting it online, pushing it out, etc, could lead to (cue the techdirt theme music) an infinite distribution. once something is out in the wild, what is the chance of it getting put back away? none.

    as for the use of the word "might" in my post, unlike mike i am not going to claim to be all seeing and all knowing, and i am surely not going to state as fact the complex things that go on with a download. there continues to be no causal evidence linking downloads of a movie and increased sales of that particular movie. if anything, ever download is removing a potential customer from the pool.

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