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MPAA Looks Like A Bunch Of Chumps, Justifiably

OK, OK, I know what you're saying: they ARE a bunch of chumps. And you're right. Still, get this.

See, the MPAA likes to wave this figure around a lot: the fact that their study shows that 44% of their lost revenue is due to illegal downloading of movies by college students. This study has been used to work on forcing campuses to install internet watchdog software, which is a huge pain in the ass (see recent post about a rider for college money in a government bill).

Well, that sounds like bullshit to me. Always did. And now, the MPAA admits that it is, in fact, bullshit.

Now, they've told education groups a "human error" in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss. Oops. Still, that's a big chunk they say, and campuses need to crack down on this rampant piracy.

Except that it's still mostly bullshit. Since only 20% of students live on campus and, thus, use campus networks, that means that rampant piracy that they want these safeguards in place to stop is a whopping 3% of their lost revenue. Not exactly a big chunk now, is it?

Try again, you money-grubbing fat cats.

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