CNN.com is reporting that the MPAA is bragging about bustinga 16 year old at a midnight, opening night showing of Spidey2. More of the usual “fight piracy” stuff. My favorite portion of the articleas the following:
The film industry’s trade group hailed the arrest andcredited its recent initiative to offer cash rewards of up to $500 totheater employees who turn in moviegoers attempting to make illicit film copies.
$500? You stop someone from recording a multimillion dollar movie that you are going to make a ton of cash on and your reward for deterring someone is by offering someone $500? Estimating $8.50 for a movie ticket, that’s 59 movie tickets. If you assume that 60 people are watching a good rip of a movie that one person is paying for, is the problem with piracy that big of an issue? I can understand not wanting people to try to go all out for a larger reward, but if you have someone pirating a movie and they are going to be making some money off of it, I would think a $500 reward would be easy to top.