Local distributors take issue with release delay claims
Local distributors are taking issue with the claim by Vikram Kumar of the Internet Society of New Zealand that “Hollywood has made up its mind to give it to us six months or two years late. It isn’t available to us quickly, legally or at an economic cost.”
Kumar was quoted in a story relating to the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom in the NZ Herald last weekend.
The Motion Picture Distributors’ Association of New Zealand today issued a press release, saying that for movies that grossed over $1 million at the NZ box office in 2011, the average delay between the US cinema release and the NZ release was 16 days. 44 percent of the films were released in NZ before the US, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
For some films, including The Smurfs, there was a delay due to the timing of NZ school holidays.
The MPDA also responded to criticism over ticket prices, saying “to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on Wednesday 25 January will cost A$18.50 in Sydney v NZ$16.80 in Auckland.”
“Local distributors believe Mr Kumar is outdated in his views and the situation he describes may have been relevant in the 1970s but not today. However thay are concerned that this misinformation and myth is being used to continue to justify and excuse ongoing copyright infringement.”