A couple of Wellesley professors say their research shows the closing of major online piracy...

A couple of Wellesley professors say their research shows the closing of major online piracy websites added 6% to 10% to online revenue for movie studios - a mark that is higher than what analysts factored in for the effect. Though it's major studios such as Sony (SNE), Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIAB), and Lions Gate (LGF) which have done most of the heavy lifting in the anti-piracy fight - the trend toward legitimate movie viewing isn't half-bad for Coinstar (CSTR) or Netflix (NFLX) either.

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  • User 509088
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    how does one prove THAT link?
    7 Mar 2013, 09:09 AM Reply Like
  • JeffreyLangBoyd
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    They would have good data on sales and termination of piracy sites. Sure that available content would be a limitation and data wouldn't be perfect but I'll bet it is pretty good.
    7 Mar 2013, 10:03 AM Reply Like
  • DIgitalMediaView
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    If there is such linkage, the content industry is in big trouble according to a WSJ story earlier in the week that questions how closing a few sites can dampen a global network effect. "'It's like whack-a-mole,' says Andrew Skinner, the manager of content security for NBCUniversal. 'You knock off one and there are 50 more behind it.' Content pirates have sailed the World Wide Web since its earliest days, but today they are bolder, faster and better armed with technology than ever. By many measures, the pirates are ahead. The antipiracy and security firm Irdeto, which works with some of the content companies, said that in 2009 it detected 5.4 billion instances of pirated content online, from movies and television shows to videogames. Last year, that number jumped to more than 14 billion...This ocean could eventually reduce the television industry's profit, much of which now comes from subscription fees on cable channels like USA and Time Warner Inc.'s HBO. Pirated versions of shows make it much easier for viewers to forgo pay television. They also squeeze another vital profit source of the TV industry: the rental or sale of movies and television shows to consumers or their licensing to other TV networks and online services like Netflix..." http://on.wsj.com/10kPkyz
    7 Mar 2013, 09:49 AM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    nah. their funding is probably on the digital copyright side. social science as a function of intelligent design.
    8 Mar 2013, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    black cats have funny slitty pupils, they must be servants of satan! like that.
    8 Mar 2013, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    Piracy is a problem that is unlikely to be completely eliminated; the best that the copyright holders can hope for is to limit it. In addition to shutting down some pirate operations, what can content owners do? My answer is they can work to create in the minds of the viewing public a belief that there really are reasonably-priced means of legitimately accessing the content that they would like to see. That can indeed lead to a greater role for Netflix; copyright holders should see that Netflix can be their friend.
    20 Mar 2013, 01:31 AM Reply Like
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