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hell freezes over: MPAA admits pirates go to the movies more than other people

From IMDB, in its short entirety because it’s so good:

MPAA Chief Concedes: Pirates Also Go To The Movies

The head of the Motion Picture Association of America, an organization that some Internet users have accused of using legal strongarm tactics to prevent them from downloading recent movies from the Web, has acknowledged that the downloaders go to movie theaters in far greater numbers than others. Speaking to the National Press Club in Washington on Monday, Glickman suggested that his organization is attempting to come up with a business model that will accommodate Internet users. “There’s no question in my mind that the studios hear their customers loud and clear on this point,” he said. “There are technology and policy issues to work through. But we’ll get there, advancing both the theatrical experience and the anytime, anywhere enjoyment of movies that consumers clearly want today and that technology is making possible. I think we’ll soon see some progress that will really open up how exciting this future could be for all of us.”

It’s so damn easy: Give people a way to watch movies or buy barebones DVDs on the same day a movie releases to theaters. Half those viewers will go to the multiplex anyway, and the others wouldn’t have anyway. It’s win-win for everyone.

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