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Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues 203

An anonymous reader writes "We've heard this one before, over and over again: pirates are the biggest spenders. It therefore shouldn't surprise too many people to learn that shutting down Megaupload earlier this year had a negative effect on box office revenues. The latest finding comes from a paper titled: 'Piracy and Movie Revenues: Evidence from Megaupload.'"
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Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues

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  • by seepho ( 1959226 ) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @02:06PM (#42088023)
    But the conclusion is that piracy is awesome; we have to agree with it.
  • by Tastecicles ( 1153671 ) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @04:12PM (#42088737)

    It's not shooting the messenger, it's stealing his bicycle and shoes and cutting off his legs with a spoon, then standing back and laughing as he bleeds out.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25, 2012 @04:44PM (#42088921)

    Of course you can't get do it scientifically your population is your sample group and the movies are not the same as last year.
    The only way to look at these thing is just though the numbers.

    The other conclusion could be that movies were less desirable to see this year or that the avengers was so disable it effected other ticket sales.

    WHAT? What the FUCK does all that babbling mean? Seriously, you do not have even ONE sentence that is not fucked up beyond comprehension. Dude, stop the drugs and the drinking, dry out, and try again. Seriously.

  • by egamma ( 572162 ) <egamma@@@gmail...com> on Sunday November 25, 2012 @05:32PM (#42089181)

    So did they host mainly pirated movies etc or did it not?

    Who cares? The only thing that matters is how to protect the internet from those who interfere. It far to easy to knock people offline, and that's what needs to be stopped.

    I agree. Spammers and bot-herders should be free to host their command-and-control centers without the inconvenience of setting up redundant infrastructure.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26, 2012 @04:30AM (#42091985)

    No operating system can be secure enough to stop a person from installing something. That's how it spreads.

    That's where you're wrong. Take my wristwatch for example... It is a wearable computer, and I can't install jack shit on it, and I have ROOT PRIVILEGES!!! I can set system time and date, yet I can't run arbitrary code.

    What do you think of that?

egrep -n '^[a-z].*\(' $ | sort -t':' +2.0