I just got done reading this article
in which Dan Glickman states some figures on how the Hollywood box office did in 2007.
With all of the cracking down and spazmic hooplah the RIAA / MPAA has been spewing, you'd think the figures quoted in this article would be something akin to "worst year ever, due to piracy!" or "box office sales low for 2007", right?
Here's the quote from the article:
“We had about 5 percent growth in both the domestic and worldwide box office, all-time highs on both fronts reminding us once again that good stories well told always find a place in our hearts, our lives and our local theaters.
Words that mesh nicely with stats for 2007, to wit:
- The domestic box office continued to grow in 2007, reaching $9.63 billion after a 5.4% gain.
- Worldwide box office reached another all-time high in 2007 with $26.7 billion, a 4.9% increase.
- Domestic theater admissions held steady at 1.4 billion tickets in 2007."
You mean the droves of criminals flowing through the Internet, downloading illegal copies of your movies haven't ravished your business? You haven't had to lay off all your camera-men, grips, stunt-men, and the like due to record-low profits?
Man... Somehow this doesn't surprise me.
With stats like these, you should be able to at least open your mind to the possibility of getting rid of all the silly restrictions and DRM you try to put on your DVDs to keep piracy from doing what it obviously hasn't.
Oh, and by the way, the pirate bay seems to be doing "not-so-poorly", either, so... piracy definitely hasn't subsided
If piracy is at an all-time high, and your stating record profits for last year, then the only logical conclusion might be that the two don't necessarily correlate as much as you thought, do they?
You might consider funnelling all that money you're putting into DRM research to better use...
I don't know.. Maybe you could hire a few more grips, or stunt-men.