[LINK] Fwd: [crimescenewriter] Film Piracy and Terrorism
kim at holburn.net
Thu Mar 5 10:17:35 EST 2009
What an extraordinary report. What is it about copyright infringement
that makes people invent figures out of the air? I would have thought
that ease of copying movies on the internet would have cut into the
market for "fake" DVDs but it doesn't seem to be mentioned at all.
> Because of its image as a victimless crime and the fact that those
> who buy are complicit in the crime,
those who buy are complicit in the crime? Or we'll change the law so
> information about counterfeiting is sparse and information about the
> involvement of organized crime sparser still, Treverton said.
> Because most instances of counterfeiting go unaddressed, there is
> reason to believe that the more formal data, like arrests and
> convictions, understate the extent of counterfeiting.
But even though the information is sparse we're going to forge ahead
and jump to conclusions anyway.
> Researchers say that the losses from film piracy have grown as the
> expansion of digital technology makes it easier to create high-
> quality counterfeit copies of movies.
Researchers say? Would that be researchers paid by the movie companies?
> Film piracy can be even more profitable than drug trafficking or
> other enterprises commonly linked to organized crime. In one example
> cited in the report, a pirated DVD made in Malaysia for 70 cents was
> marked up more than 1,000 percent and sold on the street in London
> for about $9. The profit margin was more than three times higher
> than the markup for Iranian heroin and higher than the profit for
> Columbian cocaine, according to the report.
I seriously doubt those figures. It also makes one wonder about the
profit margins for real DVDs. Using their figures that'd be a markup
of say nine times higher than Iranian heroin. (Iranian heroin? WTF?
The axis of evil strikes again. What about the margin for Afghan or
> Worldwide, the criminal penalties for counterfeiting are relatively
> light and prosecution is sparse, researchers say. In France, for
> example, selling counterfeit products is punishable by a two-year
> prison term and a $190,000 fine, while selling drugs is punishable
> by a 10-year prison term and a $9.5 million fine. Meanwhile, just
> 134 people were sentenced in U.S. federal courts for intellectual
> property crimes during 2002, contrasted to more than 1.5 million
> arrests for drug offenses nationally in 2003.
> The RAND report says that counterfeiting levels are not likely to
> decline unless governments worldwide commit more resources and
> create greater accountability for intellectual property protections.
> Such a commitment would need to produce stronger anti-counterfeiting
> laws, consistent enforcement against pirating and stronger
> penalties, including larger fines and prison sentences.
> Other potential solutions include customs and immigration efforts to
> stop counterfeit goods at national borders, and help from the
> financial community in spotting piracy syndicates' money-laundering
Or possibly adapting business models to the technology.
On 2009/Mar/04, at 11:21 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> It had to happen -- the study, not the 'fact'. 'Terrorism' - the new
> excuse for anything.
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