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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 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
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17 Feb 2007, 16:19
I believe D is the answer. gmacvik, are you not convinced with D?
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17 Feb 2007, 16:22
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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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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17 Feb 2007, 16:49
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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17 Feb 2007, 21:46
I'll go for '4'

It strengthens the conclusion of more pirated copies, therefore less profit.
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01 Sep 2013, 10:43
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. BSchool Forum Moderator Joined: 23 Jul 2010 Posts: 558 GPA: 3.4 WE: General Management (Non-Profit and Government) Followers: 110 Kudos [?]: 883 [1] , given: 321 Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink] ### Show Tags 31 Oct 2013, 02:52 1 This post received KUDOS 3 This post was BOOKMARKED Bumping for review and further discussion*. New project from GMAT Club! Click here Theory on Weaken the Argument Questions Manhattan Gmat Stacy Manhattan Gmat Stacy Manhattan Gmat Mangoosh GMAT Knewton e-gmat Thursdays with Ron video sessions (Weaken and Strengthen questions) Souvik's Article Veritas prep _________________ How to select your BSchool? General Mistakes to Avoid on the GMAT TOP 10 articles on Time Management on the GMAT Thanks = Kudos. Kudos are appreciated Rules for posting on the verbal forum GMAT Club Legend Joined: 01 Oct 2013 Posts: 10369 Followers: 997 Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 0 Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Dec 2014, 07:59 Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot! Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos). Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. VP Joined: 18 Sep 2014 Posts: 1207 Location: India Followers: 43 Kudos [?]: 711 [0], given: 75 Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink] ### Show Tags 26 Nov 2015, 10:51 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. _________________ The only time you can lose is when you give up. Try hard and you will suceed. Thanks = Kudos. Kudos are appreciated http://gmatclub.com/forum/rules-for-posting-in-verbal-gmat-forum-134642.html When you post a question Pls. Provide its source & TAG your questions Avoid posting from unreliable sources. My posts http://gmatclub.com/forum/beauty-of-coordinate-geometry-213760.html#p1649924 http://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-march-april-gmat-takers-who-want-to-cross-213154.html http://gmatclub.com/forum/possessive-pronouns-200496.html http://gmatclub.com/forum/double-negatives-206717.html http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-greatest-integer-function-223595.html#p1721773 https://gmatclub.com/forum/improve-reading-habit-233410.html#p1802265 CEO Joined: 17 Jul 2014 Posts: 2503 Location: United States (IL) Concentration: Finance, Economics Schools: Stanford '19 (D) GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V30 GPA: 3.92 WE: General Management (Transportation) Followers: 26 Kudos [?]: 342 [0], given: 168 The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Mar 2016, 21:15 the conclusion is making$
OA tells that films nominated for academy awards were pirated.
but what makes you think that being nominated is an indicator of making money??????
there have been multiple cases when low-budget-non-popular-non profitable movies were nominated.
I picked C - as it gives a valid reason why HW can continue to export movies overseas. The main income is not from DVD but from cinema shows, thus, the conclusion that HW will not make money overseas because of the pirated dvd's is shattered.

p.s. now I see where I made the mistake..this is an except type of question...damn!!!!
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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: Totally confused with this question. I got all 5 options correct! and need help to figure out my mistake. Premise: Last year losses due DVD piracy overseas$500 million
Conclusion: Hollywood studios have little prospect of making money this year overseas

Goal: Find a statement, which STRENGTHEN or irrelevant

Here is the biggest confusion to me:
(A) $500 million represents a very small fraction of overseas profits. If$500 million is a small a small fraction of profits, hence $500 million can not affect profits and Hollywood still makes money. STRENGTHEN. Why OG says WEAKEN I don't understand (B) New laws and heightened international enforcement aimed at this piracy were implemented in January of this year and have been effective. So we have these new laws to protect against piracy. Thus, goodbye piracy, hello more profits from movie making. STRENGTHEN. Why OG says WEAKEN? (C) Even in countries where DVD piracy is widespread, theatrical first-run distribution is both very popular and profitable. Piracy is not an issue. Hollywood can make money on theatrical first-run distribution. STRENGTHEN. (D) Last year, all films that were nominated for an Academy Award were known to have been pirated on DVD. Sounds irrelevant since the money/profitability issue is not touched. (E) 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. Meaning, next year international DVD sales will increase ---> Hollywood will make more money. STRENGTHEN. Here is how I got all 5 statements correct. What is wrong with my logic? _________________ Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. Manager Joined: 17 Aug 2015 Posts: 113 GMAT 1: 650 Q49 V29 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 15 [0], given: 638 Re: The amount of money estimated to be lost by Hollywood [#permalink] ### Show Tags 21 Aug 2016, 15:46 good question All of the following, if true, weaken the argument Except: 1.$500 million represents a very small fraction of overseas profits.
- means 500 million is nothing as compared to overseas profit movies generates, so movies should be released in the international market

2 and 3 are easy
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.
- means even for big popular movie, there is no escape from piracy, so this choice strengthens the argument

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.
choice 5 doesn't say illegal or pirated dvds, it is just saying that sales of the international dvd will be higher, means strong international market for the hollywood movies, so movies should be released in the international market
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While it would have been a tough choice had the question asked which of the options 'most' weaken the argument, the answer in this case is the option that is absolutely irrelevant to weakening the argument. Option D
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13 Sep 2016, 01:18
Y not C..it weakens the argument saying that profit can be made
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13 Sep 2016, 12:53
mvictor wrote:
the conclusion is making \$
OA tells that films nominated for academy awards were pirated.
but what makes you think that being nominated is an indicator of making money??????
there have been multiple cases when low-budget-non-popular-non profitable movies were nominated.
I picked C - as it gives a valid reason why HW can continue to export movies overseas. The main income is not from DVD but from cinema shows, thus, the conclusion that HW will not make money overseas because of the pirated dvd's is shattered.

p.s. now I see where I made the mistake..this is an except type of question...damn!!!!

Exactly, Even I made same mistake.. its an except question type.
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12 Apr 2017, 21:25
Conclusion :- "Hollywood studios have little chance of making money this year by exporting their films worldwide"

Correct answer will either strengthen it or will be irrelevant.

(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.

Hence D is correct.
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