There’s a new study in town suggesting BitTorrenting isn’t killing American box office numbers after all. According to researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College, the drop in these revenues in the U.S. has little to do with torrenting, despite the movie studios’ assertions to the contrary.
Though heartening for illegal file-sharing enthusiasts, it’s not all great news. It seems the results of this study could be somewhat location-specific, as there is evidence that does link low international box office sales and pirating activity. This makes sense, considering Hollywood movies typically open here first before hitting theaters abroad. This time-differential gives global file sharers ample opportunity to snag and watch new releases before the flicks even reach their shores.
But even so, this doesn’t seem to apply to American theaters, which tends to be the focus of the box office numbers that drive some of Hollywood’s argument against torrenting.
Do you think BitTorrenting is hurting American movie-going?