Effects Of Movie Piracy

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Pirated movies have grown over the last couple of years. You can see someone on any given weekend when you walk through the grocery store trying to sale you a movie. Piracy is defined by Dictionary.com as, “the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.” Therefore, a pirated movie is when a movie is released without the owner or person that got the material copy righted it knowing or consenting to the release. Movie piracy is unethical because it skews the box office financial numbers, decreases the chance for sequels, and hurts the theaters, even though it does provide a means for people that are less likely to go to the theaters. The movie box office ranks movies by how much it grosses in the theater over the span of time that it is in theaters. The span of time can be by day, month, or year. However, we must first understand that when you watch, receive, or supply a pirated movie there is no money made by the production company. For instance, the movie may have been seen by five thousand people but if two thousand people view pirated copies then the number reported will be the profit brought in by the three thousand people. When you look at the numbers three thousand may seem large but when you think about a movie ticket being nine dollars you will only be making $2.7 million of the $4.5 million that the movie would have made in the theaters. The money that the movies make goes back

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