MPAA’s Fraudulent Data About Piracy

Posted: January 21, 2012 in -
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This is pretty huge, the alleged “huge problem” of lost revenue due to internet piracy:

Finally, in 2010, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that these figures “cannot be substantiated or traced back to an underlying data source or methodology.”

How Copyright Industries Con Congress

Of the total $6.1 billion in annual losses LEK estimated to MPAA studios, the amount attributable to online piracy by users in the United States was $446 million—which, by coincidence, is roughly the amount grossed globally by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

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  1. I wonder if the so called “internet piracy” wouldn’t be something interesting to US.
    If we analize the top ten most pirated movies in the internet (go to the site torrent freak, they publish this rank on a weekly basis), we see that 99.99% of the cases are ideological propaganda movies (in the same sense you’ve previously showed us on your post “Propaganda in the cinema”)
    Is there any way better than turning souls and minds back to your side than flooding subliminar messages on those movies produced by main studios?
    So, what the US Gov has to do is reach the balance between its desire to spread the word – thru movie piracy among uncivilized peoples – and protecting american movie industry.
    What do you, as an american, think about it?

  2. Editor says:

    You’re suggesting that some would desire having American cultural products pirated around the world as it promotes America’s image there?

    Sounds reasonable. The studios would like to make as much money as possible and don’t care about trampling on the rights of the rest of us to do it. As for other power players, I don’t really know their take on the question.

    The US law just scrapped (SOPA) would only have affected US citizens. There isn’t a great need to expand their clampdown on US citizens, when laws are already in place to punish copyright infringers here. Why should we be subject to more intrusive tampering with the internet on behalf of a few entrenched interests at the cost of free speech for the rest of us?

  3. You’re suggesting that some would desire having American cultural products pirated around the world as it promotes America’s image there?

    Yes, I am.

    The US law just scrapped (SOPA) would only have affected US citizens.

    As far as I know, PIPA, seems to have a great potential of harming users from all over the world. I myself, for example, have my blog hosted at WordPress.com (USA), a couple of videos at Youtube (USA), some papers at Slideshare (USA?), etc… href=”http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/explainer-how-can-the-us-seize-a-hong-kong-site-like-megaupload.ars?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+Featured+Content%29″>Megaupload itself had thounsands of servers inside America…Watch this video: http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

    Why should we be subject to more intrusive tampering with the internet on behalf of a few entrenched interests at the cost of free speech for the rest of us?

    According to the above, not only Americans, but citizens from all over the world would be affected.

    I also based my original thought on the fact that most of the people cruzading against piracy are ultimately funded by big American foundations (Ford Foundation, AT&T, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Microsoft, McCormick Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation, The Berkman Family, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, etc etc) which, as far as I know, are deeply linked to american liberal capitalism (and some of them have records of active participation in de-stabilizing foreign regimes thought to be a menace to the American ideology)

    So, the so-called “piracy” would be something to have under control of course, by virtue of those laws you’ve mentioned, but something that one would not want to completely eliminate, as it may be a useful propaganda tool.

    Just thoughts.

    Thanks for listening

  4. When I said

    “I also based my original thought on the fact that most of the people cruzading against piracy ”

    I wanted to say

    “I also based my original thought on the fact that most of the people cruzading against piracy control”

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