Pirate movies no big deal say most Americans

Hollywood and the MPAA are pretty serious about stopping the spread of pirated movies via Bittorrent and other P2P clients. Unfortunately, it appears they’re losing the battle through a hole their first line of defense: Public Perception. According to a new research study, most Americans see downloading movies rather than buying them as tantamount to a “minor parking violation.”

Only 40 percent of Americans polled called downloading copyright protected movies without paying for them a “very serious offense,” a condition which Kaan Yigit of Solutions Research Group attributes to the Robin Hood effect. Simply put, most people see Hollywood and its stars as being too wealthy already, thus viewing a little personal piracy as an easy way to take from the rich and give to the poor, a pseudo-altruistic view that tends to break down when exposed to the light of day.

It’s obvious that a sue ’em all and let god sort ’em out approach like that employed by the RIAA only further solidifies internet users in their Robin Hood philosophy but, what’s the answer? Cheaper DVDs? Inexpensive DRM-laden downloads? How would Download Squad’s readership stop the bleeding and start the healing?

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