In an apparent attempt to link the MPAA's actions on the Internet to
the European invasions of the "Holy Land" in the 11th-13th centuries,
the research company Viant released
a report entitled "The Copyright Crusade II" about music and movie
According to this report (which does not explain how its figures were
calculated), there were approximately 10 million people who sought to
download Star Wars: Episode II or Spider-Man during the
weekend of May 9-12. Included in this number are, allegedly, 2.5
million IRC users, although Viant's graph appears only to show
approximately one-third of this number.
According to Viant and a
Hollywood Reporter story about the report, last year's
report (entitled "The Copyright Crusade") was frequently quoted by the
media industry. MPAA Chairman Jack Valenti cited the report in his
testimony before Congress.
The report concludes by suggesting that movie studios and the music
industry work to "co-opt piracy with legitimate services." In so
doing, the authors of the report seem to be asking the industry to
continue offering their horribly unpopular services which grant their
users even fewer freedoms than those held in the analog
world. Instead, as Viant's own report shows, the file-sharing formats
which grant their users more freedoms seem to be the ones
growing in popularity.