What Big Lie? It Was Bad Math!

The Movie Industry’s 300% Error

A week ago today, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued what had to be a hugely embarrassing news release acknowledging that an aggressively promoted and widely cited research report commissioned by the MPAA in 2005 significantly overstated the Internet-based peer-to-peer piracy of college students: “The 2005 study had incorrectly concluded that 44 percent of the motion picture industry’s domestic losses were attributable to piracy by college students. The 2007 study will report that number to be approximately 15 percent.” The MPAA release attributes the bad data to an “isolated error,” adding that it takes the error seriously and plans to hire an independent reviewer “to validate” the numbers in a forthcoming edition of an updated report.

Emphasis added by me.

So what is this?

Math error? Wait. By professionals?

Then again, these people are supposed to be professionals too.

And I admit I am absolutely incompetent at math. (The accountant who reviewed my expense report years ago — that I did with a calculator — is probably still telling that story!)

And they made an error too.

However, when it comes to the MPAA, I believe it was Big Lie time. And someone caught them.

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