Pirates in The Box Office

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For the entertainment industry, specifically the film industry or Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), pirated and bootlegged movies have been a thorn in their backside for over a decade. This blow is felt not only by the U.S. but by other countries as well. At first, movie piracy was not a big concern for the movie giant, but with the perks of the Internet and the continuous advances of technology, theft in the cinema is spreading like a deadly epidemic, and it’s starting to bleed the movie industry dry.

            Piracy started out as bootlegging, recording in the cinema with a video camera, but in recent years piracy has become more efficient as does technology. Piracy has become such a dilemma that some movies are viewed and downloaded online even before their initial theatrical release. Bootlegging has also improved, with pirates getting their hands on better equipment and gear. In the digital age of today, thieves can gain access to near-perfect advance copies of films on DVD that have greater potential to undermine a movie’s box-office prospects. The film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was illegally available to the public about a month prior to the initial release date. And despite how these DVDs are watermarked and encrypted, hackers are usually one step ahead of the security experts.

             Those who upload the illegal content see themselves as Robin Hoods to the public and perceive actors and the movie industry as already extremely wealthy. Film pirates should know that they are a considerable contributing factor to the price of movie tickects. With so many viewing a films before they hit the silver screen, less and less flock to the theater, an amount that corresponds with the decreasing number of tickets sold. Obviously when a demand for movie tickests lowers, the sell price goes up to compensate. And when those who are content with the low quality free-bees found online start to spread their opinion of a pirated film, that film’s hope for success is further hindered. The point is that a film is also a form of art that is meant to instill thought and takes the cooperation and labor of tens to hundreds of people to create. To in a manner of speaking, steal these works of art is for one, illegal, and can be met with serious legal repercussions, and two, is an insult to those who strived to produce something to entertain an audience. So please think twice before clicking that mouse or at the very least be respectful and purchase a ticket.

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