Pity the poor corn farmer. It seems that with all the illegal exchange of movies over the Internet, the corn farmers are the ones who are really suffering. At least this is what the NBC Universal would have us believe:
Because of our nation’s interlocking economy, two-thirds of the lost earnings and lost jobs are in industries other than motion picture production. For example, in the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theatres would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.
So there you have it, straight from the mouth of NBC Universal, to the Federal Communications Commission, in explaining why the government needs to clamp down and require that ISPs examine network traffic for copyrighted material. It’s not for their own bottom line, it’s for the corn farmers.
For god’s sake, won’t someone think of the corn farmers?!