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You’re listening to the Streets, original pirate material

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home_taping_is_killing_musicBad Science’s Ben Goldacre has taken on pirate downloading statistics in, “Home taping didn’t kill music.”

He reads through newspaper stories on a report by the government’s Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) and notes that the estimated amount of illegal downloads music in his native United Kingdom is 4.73 billion items a year worth about £120 billion. Goldacre does the math and notes that equals about a tenth of the country’s GDP and means each illegal download is worth about £25.

Goldacre further calculates that these numbers work out to £175 a week per person. Since this is about a third of the average UK wage, he wonders: “Is this really lost revenue for the economy, as reported in the press?”

Adding to his skeptism, Goldacre researches the original documents and learns that the original executive summary and press release were incorrect by an entire decimal point. His subsequent conversation with SABIP makes for entertaining reading.

(Title lyric by Mike Skinner, The Streets.)


Written by chris

June 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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Surprise, it’s pirates on parade

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playmobil-pirateI’m pleased to see that Andy Baio at posted his findings on Tracking the Piracy of 2008 Oscar-Nominated Films, in which he analyzes the online presence of potential Academy Award-winning movies. This year’s 26 nominees have been added to the database he has been maintaining for seven years, so he now has tracking information on 211 titles.

Andy and his annual research project first came to my attention when I led digital media coverage for the Hollywood Reporter. One of my favorite factoids gets its spotlight moment again: the average time from the time screeners are received by Academy members to its leak online is six days.

This year, the only movie not leaked online in some form is Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. Clint Eastwood’s Changeling was available only as a low-quality telecine transfer. The remaining 24 are downloadable in DVD quality (with Baz Luhrman’s Australia the last to turn up.)

Charts and more information are here. (Title lyric by David Byrne, toy pirate by Playmobil.)

Written by chris

January 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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Studios stop selling DVDs directly in Korea

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cdIf your home got an average broadband speed of 10,993 kbps, like many in South Korea do, would you be less likely to buy movies on shiny plastic discs? Warner Bros. just joined Sony, Paramount, Universal, Buena Vista and 20th Century Fox and stopped selling DVDs directly in that territory. Instead it will license the rights to a local pressing and distribution company, report Geoffrey A. Fowler and Sungha Park in the Wall Street Journal. The story cites “rampant piracy” as the reason for the move and says DVD sales are expected to drop by more than half their 2002 level to a projected $285 million this year.

Written by chris

November 12, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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