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Events in Spain may paint a picture of the future of content which includes the rapid decline of the DVD format globally

Spain’s attitudes towards downloading and sharing content is forcing movie companies to reconsider their sales strategy including pulling DVDs from the shelves. In the LA Times, Michael Lynton, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said:

“People are downloading movies in such large quantities that Spain is on the brink of no longer being a viable home entertainment market for us.”

The question that remains is whether the events in Spain paint a picture of the future of content which includes the rapid decline of the DVD format around the world. While there is legislation in the US and UK to curb copying behavior, the LA Times wonders how it can be stopped in countries where illegal Internet downloading and streaming are so entrenched in a country that it’s a societal habit:

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