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Cannibalizing The Audience: How Studios Can Decrease Movie Piracy

How Studios Can Decrease Movie Piracy There’s a great line in the film adaptation of “Watchmen” that almost perfectly sums up my feelings on this issue. After revealing his plot to save the world, Adrian Veidt asks Dr. Manhattan if he understands why the most extreme measures had to be taken. His response, “without condoning or condemning… I understand.” Movie piracy is not a victimless crime. The more and more films are illegally shared and downloaded unquestionably has an adverse affect on the amount of movies that can be annually produced and may even be one of the major contributing factors as to why the divide between small films and giant tent-pole blockbusters is consistently growing. But without condoning or condemning, let’s try to understand the allure of pirating movies – which I submit to you, goes well beyond merely seeing the films for free. I sat in a movie[…]

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