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# The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood

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The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink]  17 Feb 2007, 15:15
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The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood studios due to DVD piracy overseas increased to more than $500 million last year. As a consequence, Hollywood studios have little prospect of making money this year by exporting their films worldwide. All of the following, if true, weaken the argument Except: 1.$500 million represents a very small fraction of overseas profits.

2.New laws and heightened international enforcement aimed at this piracy were implemented in January of this year and have been effective.

3.Even in countries where DVD piracy is widespread, theatrical first-run distribution is both very popular and profitable.
4.Last year, all films that were nominated for an Academy Award were known to have been pirated on DVD.

5.Domestic DVD sales were sharply higher last year; in the past, strong domestic sales have been an indicator of higher international DVD sales in the following year.

easy one, but i am not fully convinced with the OA
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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I believe D is the answer. gmacvik, are you not convinced with D?
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I am convinced with D, as it is irrelevant to the conclusion. But why E is wrong. Increased DVD sales are strengthening the argument not weakening it.
I initially picked D, but changed it to E
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gmacvik wrote:
I am convinced with D, as it is irrelevant to the conclusion. But why E is wrong. Increased DVD sales are strengthening the argument not weakening it.
I initially picked D, but changed it to E

E saysDomestic DVD sales were sharply higher last year; in the past, strong domestic sales have been an indicator of higher international DVD sales in the following year.

The argument concludes that Hollywood studios have little prospect of making money this year by exporting their films worldwide.

If E is true, it provides a possibility that international DVD sales will be high this year. (Indicating a good prospect).

Thus E weakens the argument.

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I think now I understand what point you and the author are trying to make
Increased DVD sales --- you mean DVDs which are sold legally and hence this becomes part of the revenue earned overseas.
I assumed increased DVD sales as the sales of pirated DVDs. So misunderstood that it will harm the hollywood.

I think I got confused with the DVD sale with pirated DVD sales.

I am prone to make these kind of judgemental errors, and due to this I do additional 3-4 questions wrong unnecessarily in every practice CAT I take.
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I'll go for '4'

It strengthens the conclusion of more pirated copies, therefore less profit.
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Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink]  01 Sep 2013, 09:43
This argument concludes that “Hollywood studios have little chance of making
money this year by exporting their films worldwide,” based on the premise that
profits from piracy overseas rose sharply last year. The argument assumes that
no other relevant conditions have changed for the better since then. The question
asks for a choice that does not weaken the argument, which means that the
correct answer will either strengthen it or is irrelevant.
(A) This choice weakens the argument. It attacks the necessary assumption that
\$500 million is a large enough amount to destroy Hollywood profits.
(B) This choice weakens the argument. It attacks the necessary assumption that
there would not be a heightened and effective law enforcement campaign against
piracy.
(C) This choice weakens the argument. It attacks the assumption that there are
no other ways for Hollywood studios to profit from export of its films than DVDs.
(D) CORRECT. This choice is irrelevant. The conclusion (and premise) concern
money. That all of the Academy Award-nominated films were pirated last year
does not increase or diminish the probability of Hollywood studios making money
this year. Thus, this does not weaken the argument.
(E) This choice makes the conclusion less likely by providing a premise that
suggests that this year’s profits internationally will rise.
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Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink]  12 Dec 2014, 06:59
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Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink]  26 Nov 2015, 09:51
gmacvik wrote:
I think now I understand what point you and the author are trying to make
Increased DVD sales --- you mean DVDs which are sold legally and hence this becomes part of the revenue earned overseas.
I assumed increased DVD sales as the sales of pirated DVDs. So misunderstood that it will harm the hollywood.

I think I got confused with the DVD sale with pirated DVD sales.

I am prone to make these kind of judgemental errors, and due to this I do additional 3-4 questions wrong unnecessarily in every practice CAT I take.

I did the same mistake!
I got stuck between D and E. Opted for E as mistook the DVD sale for pirated DVD sales.
Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood   [#permalink] 26 Nov 2015, 09:51
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