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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Movie Industry Offered Grants for Piracy Research

Movie Industry Offered Grants for Piracy Research

Movie Industry Offered Grants for Piracy Research

Added: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
The Motion Picture Association of America has encouraged academics to take researches into the copyright challenges the content industry faces in the digital age. They offer the researchers a $20,000 grant for projects addressing piracy related topics, for example, the impact of copyright legislation and the effectiveness of takedown notices.

Back in 2013, European researchers found out that the MegaUpload closure had a negative effect on the box office revenues of smaller movies. They believe that the decrease in sales may result from a drop in word-of-mouth promotion from file-sharers. However, the movie industry didn’t like the media coverage generated by the study and pointed at two Carnegie Mellon University studies which argued that piracy harms sales. This was not a surprise, because the research was supported by a $100,000 grant from the Association.

It seems that the academic research is very important for the MPAA’s lobbying efforts, and this is why the outfit has recently started a grants program in the hope to enlist more academics to conduct the studies in this field. So, the MPAA is currently accepting research proposals on related topics. Those include the impact of copyright legislation on innovation and the effectiveness of DMCA takedown notices. The outfit promised that the best applications will be awarded a $20,000 grant for their efforts to contribute to understanding the changes the content industry faces by providing “unbiased” insights.

The Motion Picture Association of America is sure that academic research is an important tool in their efforts to make sure that copyright protections are still in place, or are strengthened in the case of need.

In the meantime, industry observers admit that this outreach to academics may be caused by what their “opponents” are doing. For instance, Google is also actively supporting academic research on copyright-related projects in order to further their own interests.

However, it is clear that both sides steer academics by providing them with precise directions on the grounds they expect to be covered. In other words, it is now up to the researchers to make sure that they are not pawns in a bigger fight. The most difficult part is to make sure that your research is conducted and results presented in an objective manner – that’s after you got thousands as a “grant”.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-06-24 14:49:27)
No avatar"unbiased”

yep totally....

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2014-06-24 19:21:09)
Sammy1968 avatarWere do I sign up. I need the money.

posted by (2014-06-24 21:16:06)
No avatarwhat I think is funny about all this movie pirating stuff is that the "anti pirate ad " they ran before the movies included music that's used without the performers permission and knowledge ...

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2014-06-24 21:23:39)
trialNerror avatarThese old farts in MPAA and RIAA are so outdated it's not even funny - it's straight up sad. We don't steal. We share. The idiots that try to use the analogy of downloading a movie is like taking a woman's purse or hijacking a car need to be shot in their confetti and air filled heads. When you hijack or purse snatch, that item is no longer in the owner's possession. When you download a movie, tv show, or song, that item is still in the owner's possession and can still be made a profit from with hundreds of thousands and millions of retail sales.
Albeit, yes, there are some scum farts out there that download a crappy quality theater cam, burn it to DVD, and try to sell it at the hippie market. Those are the bass turds that need to be prosecuted - not us file sharers that do this for a non-profit, quick fix of entertainment for us and our families.
And while at it, someone needs to nail gun a reminder into those old farts squishy brains that "file sharing" has been going on before the internet boom. I use to have two VHS decks to play a movie in one while recording in the other. Some people even had the fancier 2 decks in 1 player which was intended for duplicating! Same thing with the DVD/VCR combos and then the dual DVD players with one side having a REC button.

And okay, I get it, these dinosaurs are also concerned about the sites making money from the advertisements used which support the servers. If these fossils were with the current times they'd be jumping on the bandwagon making their own site, getting crap loads of obnoxious adverts to pay for their servers, plus put a little money in their own pockets while allowing the download of the recent material in decent quality. They could also allow for paypal or bitcoin or whatever currency for donations. People will donate. MPAA + RIAA will get their moneys, the people will get their tv shows, softwares, music, movies, and everyone will be happy.

But noooo. The oafs in business suits running those mega-money industries are still living like it's 1950 and will spend every cent they have trying to fight something they cannot win. Their loss.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-06-25 04:46:22)
Embolism avatar@4 I remember having an Amstrad I think it was tape to tape system in the 80`s which was ideal for pirating or making backups of old tapes one has to question the fact that obviously such machines should not have been for general sale since that was unusual making a system which had the sole purpose of copying other tapes so you could copy tv films to tape and then copy them as well as duplicating other tapes from the video shop,Alan Sugar got his knighthood for such machines whereas we the common man get jailed for piracy and the same applies for the DVD/VCR combo`s they made the machines to copy then they create F.A.C.T and tell us it`s illegal.; )

posted by Kitty (2014-06-25 07:07:39)
Crash1 avatarThey also don't take into account the people who download a movie they've already purchased (as a DVD or Blu-Ray) but the disc is damaged or otherwise unplayable. This happened to me only the other day, when my DVD of 'Ford Fairlane' wouldn't play properly, even though the disc was clean and unscratched, I DOWNLOADED a copy of the movie to watch.

It IS classed as piracy is you UPLOAD a movie, or download a TV Show/Movie you've never seen, and don't own. (How ELSE are we going to get those TV Shows that are never shown in our country??)

Saying THAT however, it's NOT PIRACY if you DOWNLOAD a movie/game you've already PURCHASED on DVD/Blu-Ray, as it's perfectly LEGAL (in MOST of the world) to create or own a BACKUP copy of any media you own (Games/Movies/Music). It's impossible to create an error free backup of a damaged disk, or some protected discs, so the ONLY RECOURSE, if you want a backup, is to DOWNLOAD a copy.

However the studios class ALL downloading as piracy, just to pump up their numbers and try and justify their false claims.

posted by (2014-06-25 09:33:57)
No avatarI agree with crush1 he knows what he his talking about

posted by (2014-06-26 19:49:16)
chandoo2099 avatarany better comments

posted by (2014-06-27 03:14:11)
tricked1 avatarTheft: Imagine your car gets stolen, never to be seen by you again.

Piracy: Imagine your car gets "stolen", but its still there in the morning.

learn the difference MPAA, and suck a fat one.

posted by (2014-06-29 05:05:11)
No avatarIn the next decade, people will start buying 3D Printers. People will be duplicating certain things. You borrow from a friend Item A. Maybe you temporarily steal something, then duplicate than return it.
E.G. You steal(borrow) a car, temporarily detach the bumper. You use the 3D Printer to duplicate the plastic fiber Bumper, then return the car. You even duplicate something on your car to fix the borrow car. In the morning, the owner read your note. I had to borrow the car for the bumper, BTW, I fixed the your driver side car. thanks.

Piracy, Theft?

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