Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why do they use Roman numerals for film copyrights? My cousin has heard, but is skeptical, that it has something to do with being able to export films years later without people in the foreign countries figuring out that the film is a few years old. He can't find any other reasons which he found more plausible though, and none of my professors have told me, so hopefully you can figure it out.
The tradition in the film industry is not to spell out the year in which a film was made. By not writing the production date in Arabic numbers, the film feels like it's older. This isn't necessarily designed so that one could export the films to unsuspecting foreigners, but I suppose one could do that.
Essentially, using Roman numerals gives something an air of distinction. Doesn't Super Bowl XL sound and look cooler than Super Bowl 40? Doesn't your watch look cooler with Roman numerals around the sides than it would with Arabic numbers? (Now that I look at it, my watch has Arabic numbers around the sides. I still think it looks cool. So much for that point.) Writing in a system that some people won't readily understand makes you look that much smarter. That's just the way it is.