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January 23, 2008
MPAA Admits Error
— Posted by Rodney
The MPAA has been on the case of college students for years, pressuring scools to crack down on student residences that were causing the industry 44% of its total losses. We get wind today that this was flat out bullshit, thanks to the fabled caves of Yahoo!
Well, this is no surprise. The MPAA has made all sorts of wild claims about downloading in the past, and when you tabulated the numbers that were going around – it seemed like they didn’t understand how percentage works. We fist noticed this when they claimed that 70% of screen tapings came from Canada, 40% from New York, and China wasn’t even added to the equation. It appears they have decided to come clean and admit that it is a human error.
I am skeptical about the human error card, if I lie and don’t back up my facts – is claiming “human error” a valid excuse? I may use that one! I will admit that is nice to see the MPAA coming out and admitting to their mistakes. But with professionals like Mark Lurker suggesting that 3% is a more reasonable number – it looks like further number crunching needs to be done. 44 to 3 is quite a discrepancy.
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