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The Huge Problem of Piracy in the Film Industry

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While people associated with the film industry may not be helping stop piracy by leaking footage themselves, those that are actually spreading the footage are doing the most damage. Peer-to-peer programs, which are programs that allow people to share media over the Internet, are the most common methods of passing around illegally obtained movies. They are also the easiest methods of obtaining these illegal downloads. The fact that these programs are in existence does not help the anti-piracy cause; most people feel that if companies make these programs ready and available, that they should not be the ones to get in trouble if they use what the companies offer.

Piracy affects nearly everyone within the film industry, especially those that are connected with the distribution of the movie. A percentage of the money that is made from the purchasing of movie tickets goes to the distribution company, where it is then divided amongst those that worked on the production of the film, such as the director, producer, and the director of photography. The number one goal of a film company and distribution company is to make the same amount or more than what was spent on the budget to make the film.

If it below that standard, then the film is considered a failure. When people do not pay to see or purchase these movies, these filmmakers cannot meet their quota and their jobs become greatly affected by it. There are some instances when, after a movie has been leaked, the distribution company decides not to release it into theatres. When this happens, honest, willing-to-pay moviegoers are punished by being among those that do not get to see the film; many of these people will still refuse to obtain it illegally via the Internet and peer-to-peer programs.

Again, when the movie is not released, there is no box office income, so those connected to the film get paid less because they are not meeting their budget quota. Piracy also affects the stores that purchase and sell the movies upon release. They, too, do not get the money that they expected in DVD sales because, due to piracy, nobody feels the need to buy them.

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