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MPAA: College students not to blame for piracy

updated 12:35 pm EST, Wed January 23, 2008

MPAA: We were wrong

A 2005 study grossly distorted the role of colleges in movie piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America now admits. Commissioned by the trade group, the study blamed a massive 44 percent of all domestic piracy on college students, who frequently have access not only to broadband Internet connections but high-speed local networks. The MPAA is currently telling educational groups that the figure was a result of "human error," and is in fact closer to just 15 percent, the Associated Press writes.

The correction may be especially important politically, as the MPAA had previously been using the bad data to push legislation before the US House of Representatives. The House is still examining proposed laws that would force colleges to clamp down on file sharing. Regardless of the new information, the MPAA insists that schools should still clamp down in some manner.

Even this is disputed by Educause, a group that promotes the spread of IT in higher education. VP Mark Luker claims that over 80 percent of college students live off campus, a fact which the MPAA is said to ignore. In reality, says Luker, colleges may account for just three percent of piracy traffic in the US.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    gee, who'da thunk it? The MPAA grossly exaggerates piracy to push their agenda!

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How can we believe...

    ...anything they say when their estimates were off by nearly 30 percent?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    now if only

    the RIAA would own up to their lies and distortions.

    I wonder what compelled MPAA to come clean on their bad numbers?

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MPAA and RIAA

    Just two groups that are trying to hold on to a past that is fast fading. They will do anything to make their millions in paychecks, no matter how it hurts the average person, and no matter how useless.

    I blame the CEOs of the music and video companies as they give these people their marching orders.


  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Coming clean.

    I think the death of Jack Valenti has something to do with this.

    15 years from now I predict that history will mark Valenti as one of the darker figures of the entertainment industry.

    In the den of gangsters that is the MAFIAA he was a don.

    I alao think that the MPAA has figured out that they, and the structures that prop them up are irrelevant to most folks. At this point they need a ton of goodwill.

    It pays not to criminalize your young customers. And they only found that out now?

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