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  •  As a former sound editor at Universal (18+ / 0-)

    I couldn't agree with you more. This bill is meant to artificially protect old profit margins while wiping out competition. It's a corrupt boondoggle, and copyright infringement is merely the tool they're using to enforce their racket.

    •  It might be an act of desperation (4+ / 0-)
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      NMRed, Cassandra Waites, Chi, kurt

      I don't that piracy is the only reason why movie ticket sales and DVD/bluray/CD sales are going down.

      Television shows don't get wached as often as they used to.

      Consider that "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" are the highest rated sitcoms that get an audience of 15 million viewers for new episodes.

      Those numbers pale in comparison to TV's heyday when "All in the Family" and "Three's Company" garnered 30+ million viewers.

      Top-selling comic books in the 1960s moved 500,000+ copies each.  Today's top seller might move 100,000.

      There's much competition for entertainment, and even if every instance of piracy is fully eliminated, the downward trend and the fracturing of an audience will continue.

      •  TV and comiucs have a common problem (1+ / 0-)
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        samanthab

        They've become obsessed and incestuously involved with narrow and narrowing "target demographics" to the exclusion of the general public.

        Commercial TV focuses on the 25-45 middle-class demographic (the very one that the Great Recession has been squeezing hard so they don't have the disposable income they used to) and they don't give a damn about anyone else.

        Comics are worse: they focus on 18-25 male readers exclusively and don't give a rat's ass about younger readers, older readers, women of any age, or anyone who isn't obsessed with T&A and Things Go Boom.

        In both cases they're spiraling the drain and it's a self-imposed doom. Their only hope is to change and reach out to broader segments of the public - but that's just what they dare not do, because it's taking a risk and they "can't afford" any risks.

        Mundus vult decipi, decipiatur

        by TheOtherMaven on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 08:44:03 PM PST

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