How Much Does File Sharing Really Cost Hollywood?
from the questions,-questions... dept
The answer? Not a hell of a lot. Now, the report makes a large number of assumptions -- all of which are laid out directly, and whenever possible, they sought to use a number that favored the MPAA. So they assume that every download is a "lost sale" and are extremely quick to inflate how much BitTorrent traffic is movies and TV. They also assume that all BitTorrent traffic is infringing. Again, the idea is to be as favorable as possible to Hollywood. In the end, they find that it's possible the studios might have made about $60 million more under this simplistic scenario. They then point out that the MPAA's own budget is greater than that. We can quibble about the methodology, but assuming that the methodology stands up, it certainly raises significant questions about the true size of the "issue."