Film Piracy and its effect on the Industry
Five Advantages of Film Piracy:
These are the "advantages" one might see for why to commit film piracy, but I by know way endorse such a thing. •
You can save money
Sometimes one may have the advantage of seeing a film before it is released on DVD •
It's been made a lot easier to get ahold of pirated films and can usually be downloaded in minutes •
one can peer-to-peer share with friends
One might see it as free publicity for the film
Five Disadvantages of Film Piracy:
Film Piracy is the unauthorized use or reproduction of movies in print, videos, DVD, or electronic files by uploading or downloading; an upload is when a person sends or makes available a file; a download is when a person receives a file. •
Piracy is in fact stealing, it's a criminal act.
When film piracy is committed the revenues for the film industry in decreases. •
It can affect the number of films being produced.
One can be ARRESTED for such copyright theft.
If piracy threatens the movie industry at all, it is a threat that is of the motion picture industry's making. The movie industry says movie piracy, AKA bootlegs, threatens its ability to survive. The movie industry also moans about the loss of profits to bootlegs and online filesharing. Their estimates are flawed because they do not take in to account one factor which is those who do without. Any article on how piracy threatens the move industry should deal with that fact.
Just because someone sees a movie online or buys a cheap bootleg does not mean the movie industry has been cheated out of an admission fee. The admission fee where I live is $12 for me alone. If I don't see a movie online or by a bootleg, I simply don't see it at all. It is not a matter of wanting to watch a movie on my TV or my computer. I love seeing movies in the theatre, but I can't afford it. It is that simple. It is not a matter of morality. It is a question of being locked out of the cinema or not because I don't have enough money. I'm not the only one at the mercy of that simple equation. The movie industry is quite plainly only threatened in the slightest by movie piracy.
You will still get those that will tell you the price is what the market will bear. Okay then, so what is the problem? Why is the movie industry whining about all these losses? If the market bears the price as they say it does there should be no problem.
There wouldn't be one if movie theatre admissions were priced the same as counterfeit DVDs which tend to go for between $3 and $5. If you offer me a movie at $3 I will still think that is expensive but it is at very least negotiable depending very much on how my financial situation is at the time.
But charge me $12 to see a film? Forget it. We have absolutely nothing to talk about. We are talking about a difference of between $7 and $9 per title and that is only if it is admission for one. A significant difference in price? For me absolutely. For most of the people I know too. Maybe people in Hollywood are passed fussing about sums of money under $10. But the rest of us are not.
Let us take the example of a movie like 2012. Top of the box office its first week with a gross of $65 million. Estimated cost of production $260,000,000. Do you really suppose that anyone amongst the production team of that film has even blinked at sums of money under $10 in the past few years?
This movie industry campaign with its slick commercials that equate movie piracy with all kinds of thievery like purse snatching etc elicits laughs or groans and eye-rolling if it gets any reaction at all that I have seen from audiences. How piracy threatens the move industry is a matter of proportion. It siphons off enough money to make producing stupid commercials (which you can't just click "Menu" on your DVD player to avoid) necessary. But the industry still makes money hand over fist even in tough economic times like these.
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