Pirates Fail to Prevent $38 Billion Box Office Record – TorrentFreak
At the end of 2015 the movie industry has made a rather substantial profit including a record breaking $11 billion profit from the North American box office. This despite massive efforts combating the scourge of piracy that is apparently destroying the movie industry.
Just think how much bigger that figure would be without all the lobbying, campaigning, legal work etc that the industry forks out for each year despite studies revealing how file sharers are more likely to spend money on entertainment!
There is the argument that the efforts to fight piracy must be working, hence the above result, however the reduction in file sharing has largely been attributed to the growth of services like Spotify and Netflix.
Additionally the increased threat of action against file sharers, along with concerns raised by greater data retention around the world, has seen a huge boost in VPN usage allowing users to mask their identity online. And of course, if the monitoring companies can’t detect your piracy then the stats will look better for them.
There really seems no easy answer for either side of the argument when it comes to privacy vs piracy, but I feel the increased availability of media at reasonable prices will prove more beneficial for the movie industry and the paying customer than the current heavy handed treatment being used with government and courts around the world.
What are your thoughts?