Introduction

If you’ve been an aspiring filmmaker or just a film fan for the past few years, then you already know how rapidly the world of film distribution is changing.

Take television, for instance. Not only are there new movie channels being added every month to conventional cable platforms, but there are new platforms—such as digital cable and pay-per-view—that have hundreds of unique channels unto themselves. Add to that services such as TiVo and Netflix, and, well, it’s obvious the demand for watching movies at home has been increasing at a steady pace.

The Internet is another example. Just a few years ago, we were all on dial-up connections. Today, with broadband connections spreading like wildfire, we can now download movies to our computer ...

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