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Blame it on the third world.
Cory Doctorow from The Guardian writes on the new findings that Social Science Research Council director Joe Karaganis oversaw from a team of 35 researchers that took 3 years to write a 440-page report on media piracy . “Media Piracy’s core thesis is simple: people in the poor world don’t pay for software, games, music and movies because these goods cost too much. Whereas a DVD here might cost you an hour’s wage, the same DVD in a poor country could cost a day’s work, or a week’s, or even more. In poor markets where legitimate media costs the same (in relative terms) as it does in rich markets, the amount of licit purchasing is about the same,” summarizes Doctorow. “But that’s not what the media companies say they believe. In their official narrative – bolstered by a long line of studies with undocumented methodologies and assumptions – is that poor countries simply lack a “culture of copyright” that can be reinforced through education and enforcement.”
The number of televisions in American homes has gone down by 2 percent this year, but is it another sign for the gloom-and-doom set concerning the imminent demise of older, more established forms of home media? Nielsen doesn’t see it so easily, claimng the digital transition, economy and rise of new platforms are all responsible for the drop.
DVD’s go down.
The home media market seems to be in a downfall as U.S. DVD sales decreased by 20% in the first quarter of 2011. Streaming services like Netflix continue to be on a fast rise, but the drop in DVD numbers might be better attributed to the lack of studio “tentpole” releases for the home media market so far this year.
Losing it at the movies.
Lover her or hate her, we can all agree that Pauline Kael left behind one of the most important legacies for film criticism. The divisive critic known for her sharp prose and strong opinions is remembered as Sam Sacks takes a look at the lessons Kael left behind in an article for Open Letters Monthly.