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MPAA Enjoys Another Year of Record Profits

MPAA Enjoys Another Year of Record Profits

Says nevermind however, that “it’s nothing to apologize for” and that it’s important we don’t “give second-class citizenship to creative jobs.”

MPAA head Dan Glickman routinely tells anyone that’ll listen that Hollywood needs protection, that profits are being robbed of it by heartless pirates and that more, much more, needs to be done fight illegal file-sharing.

Why just the other day it was reported that the MPAA was working with ISPs to begin targeting broadband subscribers accused of repeatedly downloading movies illegally and that a plan could be announced as early as this month.

“Our efforts are focused on educating consumers who receive infringement notifications for illegal downloading about where to find high-quality, legitimate content on the internet and on effective ways to deal with repeat infringers,” the MPAA said in a statement.

Now comes the kicker.

The MPAA enjoyed another, yes another, consecutive year of record breaking box office ticket sales. That’s two in a row for those keeping score at home. This year is also already on track to set another record with the domestic box office already up 17.5% in the first 10 weeks alone! Overseas ticket sales are also up.

But, rather than admit it’s doing well and that it’s not nearly in the dire straits it so often pretends to be it instead says it’s time to protect “creative jobs” so that they’re not reduced to “second-class citizenship.”

Say what?

“When folks talk about how well the box office is doing, it’s nothing to apologize for,” Glickman said. “It’s not just in our interest, but the national interest to have constructive policies that protect intellectual property and that don’t give second-class citizenship to creative jobs, but rather encourage the economic growth we can deliver. Whether we build cars or make movies shouldn’t matter. What matters is getting folks back to work and
reviving our economy.”

So the MPAA is basically saying ignore the fact that it’s making money hand over first and focus on the need for busting people preventing it from making even more money and breaking even more records in the process.

Even more hypocritical is that he also stresses that the “…best approach to the international economic crisis is to keep markets open and to allow consumers to make choices about what products and services they want to buy ” not to not to impose government barriers to the free flow of commerce.”

Hmm, so the MPAA only wants govt barriers when it suits its needs?

The fact that the MPAA again earned record profits ought to remind people, and lawmakers especially, that the MPAA is a business lobbying group concerned only with business and that everything it says ought to be judged accordingly.

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Eugene
Eugene

Chuck - unfortunately, while I can sympathize with you strategy, skimping on the concessions actually makes the situation WORSE, not better. One of the things that keeps the MPAA so powerful is the vice grip it has on the testicles of the theater companies of America. They're all incredibly weak, incredibly reliant on big mindless popcorn movies that ultimately only give them a tiny percentage of profit compared to the buck Hollywood (and the MPAA by extension) rakes in. If anything, if you really want to stick it to the MPAA then I would suggest - the next time you're at a theater - spending ALL your money at the concession stand, and then sneaking into the movie without paying ;) Now the theater is happy, you're happy, and the MPAA is a saaaad panda :D

ChuckJ
ChuckJ

It is $10 per ticket where I live. And we all know the price of concessions. So IF I even go to the movies, its maybe a few times a year, I always bring my OWN concessions in. Funny how the Hollywood elite celebrity type, are always preaching how America is bad (oops I mean America WAS bad but not Obama makes it all better or something), preaching their political bs to people, etc etc etc. They want us to go green, save Dafar. They want to promote this and that and make people think they care so much for them. However, there wasn't one of them that stood up and said, 'hey, look at how much people have to pay to go to a damn movie.' They dont care. All they care about is money. I just dont understand with all the outrage and hate toward CEOs, that the crooked politicians help stoke up, yet people still flock to the movie theaters and pay the insane amount of money each and every week. People need to get their priorities straight. Doesnt seem to me that there are many people making any sacrifices. But they sure want to complain about the evill corporations and such. The answer is simple. Quit promoting greedy hollywood, stand up for some principles and throw some of these bums out of Washington. I realize that those are two different topics completely but I cant help but throw it in.

1cooldude
1cooldude

mountain_rage : The current copyright and patent laws have become too restrictive to the creative process. Things need to be eased to help spur innovation, not tightened. Hell, just to write a article for a scientific journal requires a ton of bureaucratic work to be done to ensure you are not breaking copyright or plagiarizing other peoples work. It seems foolish to have so much time spent, and so many innovations hindered in the name of intellectual property. very true mr but from the current state of affairs one would note that the pendulum seems to be swinging even further towards those points that you had mentioned. Something needs to change.

alive2dive
alive2dive

Well, they didn't get anything from me I can tell you...

Chris
Chris

Its crazy. They go after the people who struggle to make ends meet. Then these people have no way to even defend themselves against them. If i had a company with hundreds of lawyers and millions of dollars backing me I would win every suit I made against the less fortunate too.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

The current copyright and patent laws have become too restrictive to the creative process. Things need to be eased to help spur innovation, not tightened. Hell, just to write a article for a scientific journal requires a ton of bureaucratic work to be done to ensure you are not breaking copyright or plagiarizing other peoples work. It seems foolish to have so much time spent, and so many innovations hindered in the name of intellectual property.

1cooldude
1cooldude

The trend continues and they keep crying "wolf". Somehow with all this type of information it's very hard to take them seriously.



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