The P2P Omnivore’s Dielmma?

Wow! This is definitely the best argument put forth by the entertainment industry against P2P file sharing — best as in, it’s so outrageously over the top stupid, it shows exactly who we’re dealing with here. And why entertainment form these outfits sucks so badly — the brainpower behind the curtain, for sure. Okay — don’t drink a beverage while reading this unless you like being a human coffee sprayer, snip:

NBC Says that P2P is Robbing Poor Corn Farmers
In an odd statement made recently in a hearing with the FCC, NBC Universal tried to win over the hearts and minds of politicians by making the outrageous claim that P2P and file-sharing-related piracy hurts the wallets of poor corn farmers simply trying to make a living.
Their idea is that if more people went to the theaters to watch movies then more people would therefore buy popcorn and put more money in the pockets of farmers who could then “…earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.”
They noted:
“Because of our nation’s interlocking economy, two-thirds of the lost earnings and lost jobs are in industries other than motion picture production. For example, in the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theatres would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.”

Link. (thanks Jonathan!)

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4 comments on “The P2P Omnivore’s Dielmma?
  1. I think they should take in the fact that when people watch movies at home… legal or otherwise, they still eat popcorn =P
    Just thought I should mention that huge gaping hole in their logic.

  2. Oh pahleeese. I’m pretty sure people munch whilst watching their ill gotten goods.
    Incidentally, corn products are in EVERYTHING, thanks to the farming/corn lobby. This is a serious issue for people with celiac diseases, and for people with corn allergies and sensitivities, which are poorly understood.

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