So Hollywood and therefore the US is up in arms against Piracy of Hollywood movies in China, saying they are losing billions of dollars in revenue. What a white faced lie ! The fact is that 80% of the people that buy pirated copies of movies in China can either can not get to the theatres or just cannot afford either the ticket price, nor the price a fully priced DVD as per the US standard. They would just not see the film …
.. so I have no idea where this ‘billions of dollars’ in lost revenue comes form. It is just a fantasy figure cooked up. I have sat in enough meeting at varios forums where the moan of the West is Piracy in the East. What they don’t say is that Piracy is actually casting the net for our product far far wider than the normally structered and legal chanells would have allowed.
Hey … Indian films face the greatest Piracy problems, but the box office keeps going up. The pirated films are even played on regulr Cable channels beamed straight into your TV set.
Lets get this straight. The Pirates work on ground level and know how to get the product to the consumer at the price they want it, where they want it, and how they want it. Hollywood better get off it’s high horse and learn, just as the music bussiness learnt from Napster.
Had it not been for the chaos created by Napster ; Itunes, and DRM etc would not have been born. The music bussiness based on sale of DVD albums at jacked up prices would have collapsed.