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Thread: MPAA admits movie piracy study is 29% full of @$#%

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    Broken's Avatar Obama Supporter
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    A 2005 study by the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that illegal downloads from college students accounted for an enormous 44 per cent of the industry's domestic losses.

    Now the MPAA admits the figure was inflated just a wee bit as result of "isolated error" in the methodology. College kids are actually only responsible for about...15 per cent of lost revenue, according to its upcoming report.

    "We take this error very seriously and have taken strong and immediate action to both investigate the root cause of this problem as well as to substantiate the accuracy of the latest report," said the organization in a statement today. (PDF warning)

    Let's be fair: the number "4" is only single button down from the "1" on a keypad. And the "5" is immediately to its right.

    Say you're an intern at LEK (the consulting firm that dreamed up the rogue MPAA figures). There's a MPAA suit standing over your shoulder. He's barking away that they need those numbers in by 8:30 AM sharp to shock Congress into cracking down on copyright laws like the fist of an angry god. He's working himself into a lather about mothers and sons losing their homes due to piracy. These kids are stealing billions and if you take any longer Will Smith is going to need to root around in a garbage dump to feed his family. Do you want that son? DO YOU WANT THAT!? Spittle is hitting the back of your neck.

    Keyboard button accuracy becomes less of a priority.

    So you hit "44" and everyone seemed happy. Lawmakers are outraged at the breadth of the theft. In 2007, the Senate passes 95-0 a rewording of the Higher Education Reform Act that ties educational funding to campus participation in fighting piracy. Things look good for the MPAA until they have to eat humble pie today.

    But the organization justifies that its new (allegedly) accurate data confirms that college campuses are still a hotbed of piracy.

    "Although college students make up three per cent of the population, they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of stolen movie products in this country."

    Or maybe granny needs to step her movie theft up a notch. It's hard to tell with these figures. About 74 per cent of Register readers say maybe. But 39 per cent aren't so sure.


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    Hairbautt's Avatar *haircut
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    Probably 'cause us college students are so broke all the damn time.
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    Aaxel21's Avatar AHHHHH!
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    Yes thats true. It cost me so much to go to college. I'm broke now and I'll be broke till I pay off my student loans. But going on the internet and downloading a movie is nice cause I don't have to fork over $20 to best buy which I could be spending on food.
    Remember bullets always have the right of way.

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    TankGrrl's Avatar p-p-p-pow! BT Rep: +1
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    theres no justifying stealing, but theres also no justifying those BS numbers they put out...

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    sailing the p2p shoals...
    don't worry, we all make mistakes...........
    don't we

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairbautt View Post
    Probably 'cause us college students are so broke all the damn time.
    so because you are poor you steal? shame on you.
    Do you have any idea how much that costs the mpaa? neither do they, those overpaid idiots.

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    i like to think of it as a temporary loan =]

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluniverse View Post
    theres no justifying stealing, but theres also no justifying those BS numbers they put out...
    Who is stealing ? You ? me ? nah i ain't stealing if you ask me
    let's say a friend have bought a dvd then copy it on his comp then
    later on he wants to send you the copy to have a look at it
    how you call that ??? Stealing or Sharing ?

    Stealing = You go in the shop and steal the brand new DVD or whatever...
    My friend send me a copy of a DVD he bought = Sharing....


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