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Minh Nguyễn
September 3rd, 2007


File sharing hurts the American farmer

In a filing with the FCC, NBC explains how P2P file sharing hurts the corn growers’ bottom line:

These losses do not merely harm elite, wealthy enclaves of film producers in New York and Los Angeles. 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 theaters would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.

The filing cites this report from the Institute for Policy Innovation, which elucidates:

In sum, motion picture piracy affects not only the movie studios, but all the various businesses that supply the industry or buy from the industry, and the people who work in those businesses. Thus, the impact of movie piracy extends well beyond movie stars, all the way to the teenager selling popcorn and candy at the theater, the company that markets the candy, the farmer that grows the corn, and the workers that pick the farmer’s crop.

In other words, they think it goes full circle: the teenager selling popcorn at a movie theater will be out of a job thanks to his friends downloading movies. Art Brodsky of Public Knowledge debunks this corny load of FUD.

Via John Gruber.


  1. Roman Khramov


    Hilarious stuff! %)))

    P.S. I wasn't able to sign in using TypeKey. Says you're not signed up for this feature :(

    1. Hmm… I’m seeing that error too. It might be a glitch on TypeKey’s end, because everything seems fine here, and generating a new TypeKey token doesn’t seem to help. Thanks for letting me know about that.