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It's fair to say that the movie industry is rarely first in line for a sympathy vote. It claims that piracy costs it $3.5bn (£1.9bn) a year, a figure that doesn't include the losses from internet file sharing. However, the very thing that lays behind the dramatic increase in piracy - the arrival of the DVD - has also brought the industry some quite spectacular dividends. The DVD market in the US last year was worth $21.2bn (£11.6bn); with the retail market alone up year on year by 33%. And it continues to grow every year.
Originally posted by SeekarOfTruth
This is really stupid. This is like putting a bandage on an amputation. They cannot stop the P2P network. It is just too big.
I say, the record labels/media companies are stealing from us, charging ludicrous prices for sales, when relatively little of that money actually goes to the artists/actors themselves.
Originally posted by Bly Magister
When concerning big name hollywood films like "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie cost $40,000,000 of the film's $110,000,000 budget. That is only the production budget.
Originally posted by Merkeva
The law actually go as far as to say you cant lend people dvd's or cd's or watch/listen them with an audance more than 3 (not sure on the number) hence no having music played at partys unless everyong has bought the track or watching films unless everyone owns a copy of the movie.
Judge Marilyn Patel issued a ruling www.svmedialaw.com... Wednesday that settles an important question in the ongoing Napster (yes, Napster) case -- whether under the law, simply offering copyrighted material to others (say, by listing it in an index) means you're distributing it.
Judge Patel suggested this in denying summary judgment to the recording industry, but has now granted summary judgment to the other side....In other words, copyright holders have to prove that someone actually downloaded the file from you before you can be found liable for distributing. The simple act of offering isn't enough.