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24 January 2008 @ 10:02 pm
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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avantardavantard on January 25th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
And really, what revenue loss is that? Those kids weren't gonna pay to see the movie anyway, otherwise they already would have gone out to see it. I'm sure everyone agrees big screen is better than laptop screen anyway.