You go after the "one" to work against the whole.
Let us say that there are three illegal recordings per theater.
Looking at 4,152 theaters, that comes to 12,456 illegal recordings.
Say...those recording are watched by 6 people that decide to watch the illegal recording rather than pay to see the movie in a theater.
That comes to 74,736 admissions that were not purchased in place of watching the illegal recording.
Presuming there is an average ticket price of $9, you can estimate a loss of $672,624 from "just" three illegal recordings (per theater.)
$500 to catch a thief seems like a steal at that point. The numbers are actually quite larger than those listed above and that does not take into account the secondary items like international releases, pay-per-view, DVD or VHS rentals/purchases, etc. Heck, looking at just curbing pirating and spending that entire sum in rewards, that is will over a thousand caught pirates.
For the studios, it can be seen as a win-win situation either way.
Personally, hating when people steal from me,
Edit: Num'bah typo.
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