British tabloid outs bogus MPAA “study”

As I wrote over the weekend, media outlets everywhere quickly jumped on the bandwagon created by a Hollywood lobbying group last week in order to get favorable publicity prior to the Senate examining the copyright INDUCE ACT. The press release — built around a “study” — made the case that movie makers were losing a fortune due to illegal downloads on the Internet. Now comes the clever folks at The Register with one of their patented investigations.

“About one in four Internet users have downloaded a movie,” begins a recent, much-publicized report on online file-trading. Thing is, the statement is not even almost true.
This is must reading, along with a companion piece wherein the editors offer the MPAA a little tongue-in-cheek survey of their own.

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