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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    Marcel de Jong (profile), 25 Jun 2010 @ 4:07am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Open a paypal or local equivalent account. Comment on the torrent sites with a link to said account and ask for donations if people like the movies.

    Yes, it's akin to busking on a street corner, but it can net you some income. And 1 donated dollar is better than nothing.

    But free publicity is also worth something I'd say. I could say that I would like a buck from the movie company for pirating their movie, as I help promote their wares by downloading it. Any idea how expensive an ad-campaign would be?

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