A new academic paper by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College has examined the link between BitTorrent downloads and box office returns. Contrary to what’s often claimed by the movie industry, the researchers conclude that there is no evidence that BitTorrent piracy hurts US box office returns. Internationally, there is a link between downloads and revenues, which the researchers attribute to long release windows.
This sort of contradict’s the whole Hollywood is dying, SOPA and PIPA shenanigans. Although I am going to take a wild guess and say piracy probably affects DVD sales and international movies0 when movies are released on later dates abroad.
If Hollywood should take anything from this is- that it has to improve it’s service rather than trying to take down the freedom of expression that the Internet strives in.
Read more details ar Torrentfreak