93% of Movies Sold In China Are Bootlegs

Here’s a pretty crazy statistic for you. The MPA (that’s the MPAA minus the “America”) recently did a study concluding that 93% of all movies sold in China are illegal bootlegs. Man, I knew it was a problem over there, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. China’s own film industry reportedly bore the brunt of the problem, with an estimated $1.5 billion in lost sales last year. (Of course, that might also be because China allows very few foreign movies to infiltrate their country each year.) And to think, the MPAA here is worried about a few random people downloading torrents? It makes you wonder how piracy got so out of control over there. Is it because the average person can’t afford to buy a DVD at retail price? Or is it a cultural thing, where they put less value on owning the real thing and have easier access to bootlegs? I can only wonder if North America is slowly seeing a cultural shift in this direction as well.

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  • Chopper

    lets go shopping in China!

  • http://www.seandwyer.net Sean

    No need to go that far, just go to the Pacific Mall instead!

  • http://www.moviesonline.ca Michael

    You really gotta ask why is it 93%.

  • Jackson

    I don’t agree with buying bootlegs or actually buy them myself but I agree with Sean. I bought Good Night and Good Luck, Thumsucker and Jarhead on Spadina Ave. for 10 bones while they were in theatres.

  • http://www.seandwyer.net Sean

    I think everyone has their own breaking point on this issue. I sometimes download a movie or buy a bootleg when I can’t see the movie easily in theatres or if authentic retail copies aren’t available yet. However, it has to be good quality too. Not necessarily crystal clear, but I won’t watch a camcorder bootleg of a movie.

    And you know, there are certain movies you really want to own, and then there are some you know you probably will only need to see once. I think once movie download services come into play, people will be re-evaluating their DVD buying habits.