[LINK] DVD pirating costing industry $1.7b: Debus

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Sat Nov 8 20:06:01 AEDT 2008

It'd be interesting to find the actual source of those figures, like  
ars did in the US:


> 750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy
> By Julian Sanchez | Published: October 07, 2008 - 11:30PM CT
> A 20-year game of Telephone
> If you pay any attention to the endless debates over intellectual  
> property policy in the United States, you'll hear two numbers  
> invoked over and over again, like the stuttering chorus of some  
> Philip Glass opera: 750,000 and $200 to $250 billion. The first is  
> the number of U.S. jobs supposedly lost to intellectual property  
> theft; the second is the annual dollar cost of IP infringement to  
> the U.S. economy. These statistics are brandished like a talisman  
> each time Congress is asked to step up enforcement to protect the  
> ever-beleaguered U.S. content industry. And both, as far as an  
> extended investigation by Ars Technica has been able to determine,  
> are utterly bogus.

> .....

On 2008/Nov/08, at 8:39 AM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:

> <brd>
> Another one of those wonderful calculations.
> </brd>
> DVD pirating costing industry $1.7b: Debus
> ABC Website
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/08/2414285.htm
> The Federal Government says DVD piracy is costing the entertainment
> industry more than $1.7 billion.
> Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus has today overseen the destruction of
> more than 230,000 pirated DVDs, computer equipment and burners in  
> Sydney.
> Mr Debus says while there are significant penalties for copying of  
> DVDs
> the practice is still happening on a widespread level.
> He says it is not a victimless crime.
> "Instead many of the DVDs that are being bought by members of the
> Australian public today are effectively being bought from crime
> syndicates who are also engaged in drug trading, child pornography and
> other henous crimes," he said.

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