What’s so big a deal about a 30% point error


As has been widely reported, the 2005 MPAA study which claimed that 44% of the movie industry’s domestic losses were a result of illegal downloading by college students, was – uh – off a bit.

This “study” led to increased pressure on colleges to take action against illegal downloading, as well as legislation which currently is wending its way through the House of Representatives.

Now the MPAA, in an interesting moment of – it appears – disclosure, is saying that that old hobgoblin “human error” screwed the pooch, and the actual percentage was closer to about 15% of revenue loss.

Make of this “human error” and its consequences what you will.

[Sort of interesting/horrifying aside: when you google image “human error” you get a ton of images of plane crashes.]


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