According to the New York Times, an AT&T Labs study has shown that nearly 80% of 300 pirated movies that were distributed online and found during the study appeared online well before the release of DVDs to consumers, suggesting that the movies were being pirated by movie industry insiders, and not by consumers as the MPAA would have us believe.
But of course, it’s much easier to incriminate your customers and blame the resulting drop in sales on piracy than it is to fix the problems within your own distribution structure. How’s that Bible verse go? “Why do you notice the splinter in your neighbor’s eye but not the plank in your own eye?”
If anyone can find it, I’d love to see a link to the actual study.