MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study

Hollywood laid much of the blame for illegal movie downloading on college students. Now, it says its math was wrong. In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry's domestic losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students, who often have access to high-bandwidth networks on campus. The MPAA has used the study to pressure colleges to take tougher steps to prevent illegal file-sharing and to back legislation currently before the House of Representatives that would force them to do so. But now the MPAA, which represents the U.S. motion picture industry, has told education groups a "human error" in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss.

The MPAA says that's still significant, and justifies a major effort by colleges and universities to crack down on illegal file-sharing. But Mark Luker, vice president of campus IT group Educause, says it doesn't account for the fact that more than 80 percent of college students live off campus and aren't necessarily using college networks. He says 3 percent is a more reasonable estimate for the percentage of revenue that might be at stake on campus networks. "The 44 percent figure was used to show that if college campuses could somehow solve this problem on this campus, then it would make a tremendous difference in the business of the motion picture industry," Luker said. The new figures prove "any solution on campus will have only a small impact on the industry itself."

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More like 99% of industry losses are from suck ass movies and 1% from downloaders.Maybe they should try and not recycle the same BS ideas over and over again then maybe somebody would actually want to pay to watch and own movies.

does anyone actually believe any of the BS the MPAA and RIAA put out.. i could have told you that number was BS...

they only did it to try and force colleges into making changes, now they'll move on to try and make others crack down.. i dunno somehting like 100 % of illegal material is downloaded through internet connections, which we all know is BS too, a lot of crap is stolen of friends with removable HDD's

"The 44 percent figure was used to show that if college campuses could somehow solve this problem on this campus...

so it wasn't an error. they knew it was wrong but used the number anyways. throwing around made up numbers to push their own agenda

f*ckin scumbags. honestly, how can any organization take these people seriously

Well, would you look at that? It appears we ALL make mistakes.

Don't worry, MPAA, we won't sue you. We're not like you.

(C_Guy said @ #4)
Well, would you look at that? It appears we ALL make mistakes.

Don't worry, MPAA, we won't sue you. We're not like you.

lol maybe we should sue? That'll teach them to push false numbers and claim they are facts!

(markjensen said @ #1.1)
Ummm... Since education is a direct subject in your post, might I point out the following?

It should be "us", not "we". ;)

Oops! "We" is correct in the subjective form, but "us" is right for the objective form. See Grammar Guide.