Thursday, May 7, 2015

Movie Marauders

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Movie pirates think that a few clicks of a mouse won’t hurt anyone, but this actually could be the downfall of the entire movie-making industry. Piracy alone contributes to the loss of about 750,000 American jobs and costs the economy $200 to $250 billion per year (Leahy, Patrick, and Arlen Specter). It takes money out of large movie companies that pay millions of dollars just to make the movie. This in turn takes money away from the many people that help to produce the movie. Movie piracy is also illegal. The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning seal helps to thoroughly keep piracy of all sorts down to a minimum. There are large consequences that result in movie piracy such as hefty fines and time in jail (FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal). A legal alternative to movie piracy is Netflix. It is a service which allows people to watch as many movies in their selection for a lower cost than most cable TV providers. In the end, movie piracy is a dangerous action that can harm the pirate and can potentially be the downfall of the movie industry.

Movie piracy has and will severely devastate the movie industry if there aren’t solutions soon. The movie industry is very crucial to our economy. Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter believes that “With intellectual property contributing over $5 trillion to our national economy, it is one of our most valuable assets and we must protect it.” He believes that the government should help pass laws that help protect people’s copyrights. Another US senator also has similar thoughts

“American businesses lose $250 billion every year, and we have lost more than 750,000 jobs because of intellectual property theft.” (Leahy, Patrick, and Arlen Specter)

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has very similar thoughts about copyright. Many large movie producing industries and theater owners are now trying to figure out good ways that will eliminate the piracy of movies as well as trying to pass more laws that will protect the companies (Movie Theft).

Many laws are in place that forbid the illegal downloading and watching of pirated movies. There are many laws that go into place now that help ensure the reduction in the number of pirated movies, but these laws can’t protect against everything on the internet. A law that helps reduce the amount of pirated items, protects the copyrights that companies have, and increases the punishment for pirating. This main law is the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal. “The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment” (FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Seal). To me, these consequences aren’t worth watching an illegally downloaded movie. Many movie-making companies are trying to find a way that eliminates movie piracy. There is very innovative and cool that a young girl is trying to figure out a way to stop these pirates. She has made LED lights that go behind the theater screen and are invisible to the eye of a moviegoer. If they are recorded with a camera, there will be multiple lights of different colors that interfere with the quality of the recorded movie (Sid Perkins).

Some people may argue that movie piracy is ok to pirate because it promotes the viewing or buying of the product. An author placed a product free to the world and experienced a 300% increase in sales. “It allows people who would never have been exposed to your work to sample it, leading to legitimate sales among audiences that otherwise would know little or nothing about you” (David DiSalvo). A legal alternative that also promotes the watching of movies is Netflix. Netflix allows for a person to watch an enormous amount of movies all for one very low cost. Netflix doesn’t allow for the watching of the newest releases. There are ways to watch the more popular and newer movies. One solution that many of us know about is to go to the movie theater. This usually is a more expensive path, but allows for the seeing of the newest movies.

Movie piracy is very damaging to the industry because it is taking jobs from Americans and is costing the economy a large amount of money. Movie piracy can potentially be a very dangerous road. It allows for pirates to watch movies for free, but there are large repercussions if caught pirating goods. There are becoming more and more ways to watch your favorite movies especially with the rise of technology. In the end, I wouldn’t recommend pirating a movie because you could get a hefty fine and would be worth renting the movie or going to a theater because it puts more back into the movie making industry so your favorite movies will continue to be produced.



  1. Well done, Oaxaca Flinderson. You did a nice job writing this article. I like how you provided some solid statistics to prove your point. The one about the loss of $250 billion and 750,000 jobs really shows the viewer the negative effects of piracy. While one side of me feels that companies like Disney don't need any more money, I do agree that piracy is not a good thing. Personally, my family and I experience piracy all the time. We like to watch Bollywood movies (from India). A large amount Bollywood movies sold are pirated. This has a major toll on the profits of Indian film companies. Take a look at this Piracy Graph I found. I feel like it really adds to your argument that piracy has many negative effects.

    1. Thanks for commenting on my post about movie piracy Kattikes! I looked at the graph and it really could positively benefit my post so thank you. If you want to read a little more you should look at this article .

  2. Hia Oaxaca! I really enjoied reading through your article because this problem is quite intresting to me because of my love for films. I really liked how you did not "sugar coat" the outcome of piracy because it really needs to be known of how bad the concequinces are. I noticed that the Prices of movie tickets are going down. If they continue their decline, the rate of piracy will most likely go down with it. Overall, I agree with you fully, and hope to see something about this come up in the media soon! Best regards! -EPICHippos77

    1. Thanks for the comment EPICHippos77! I thought that your findings about ticket prices were really interesting and I would agree with your prediction that if these prices go down then so will piracy numbers. If you want to read some more here is another article .

  3. Hello Oaxaca Flinderson. You did an excellent job of portraying your opinions throughout your post. The statistics that you used at the beginning of your blog really caught my attention and helped me realize how serious of a problem piracy is. I think you might enjoy reading this article on the economic effects of piracy . I never really thought about movie piracy until I read your post, but now I am interested in how we can do more to prevent it. Thank you for sharing this and great job! -Yasmine


    1. Oaxaca FlindersonMay 19, 2015 at 7:33 PM

      Thanks Yasmine! Believe it or not but this was going to be one of my sources for this post. I think that it is intriguing to see how such a selfish act can negative effect the economy. If you want extra reading I would recommend for you look at this article .

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  5. Hi Oaxaca! I enjoyed reading the article on piracy and its impact on the film industry because this is a topic with a lot of disagreement, so it's nice to get another point of view. Clearly the MPAA and other industry speakers like to make the economic argument why piracy is harmful to the economy. There are others, however, who have studied the question and do not think the impact is all that great. Torrentfreak has announced a studythat concludes blockbuster films did not suffer significantly from illegal file-sharing. Torrentfreak also points to the amount of money the movie industry spends on anti-piracy efforts. Do you think the amount of economic losses suffered by the industry may be exaggerated? Thanks for posting this article on such an interesting topic!--Ms. Riches


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