Statistics about the film industry — directly from the mouth of the MPAA

With the recent Pirate Bay trial, many are once again wondering about the future of the torrent scene, piracy, and the stability of the film industry.

Various sources would like you to believe that piracy is causing great harm to the film industry. When it is not. I don’t think the pirate bay should be liable for merely indexing torrents — that said, the attitudes of the staff in regard to piracy is questionable.

I think the most important thing to consider is the users. If you have such a tool available, it should not necessarily be taken down as hopefully some or many of the users will actually pay for the content (or would if the majority of it wasn’t going to already-heaping-rich-greedy-middlemen)

Regardless, here are some statistics..

The Domestic box office continued to grow in 2008, reaching $9.79 billion after a 1.7% gain. (refer to page 3 of the 2008 MPAA Theatrical Statistics report

Worldwide box office reached another all-time high in 2008 at $28.1 billion, an increase of 5.2% over 2007. (refer to page 2 of the 2008 MPAA Theatrical Statistics report)

The number of screens in the U.S. remain constant at just over 40,000 in 2008.

As you can see.. the movie industry is not suffering.

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