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

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Sat Nov 8 23:00:08 AEDT 2008

On Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 06:39:18PM +1100, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> The Federal Government says DVD piracy is costing the entertainment 
> industry more than $1.7 billion.

1.7 billion.

that's about 56,666,666 $30 CDs. or almost 3 CDs for every person in the
country, from newborns to the oldest person.

or 42.5 million $40 DVDs.  about 2 DVDs per person.

that seems just a tiny bit unfeasible, even if you count all CDs or DVDs
at full retail price.

> 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.

he forgot to mention the fact that if you pirate a CD then you're a
terrorist pedophile - because only they would do something as heinous as
copyright infringement.  They're almost as bad as plagiarists, who are
apparently common in the Australian Parliament.


PS: if you assume for the sake of the argument that the figures are
true, then that means there's about 99+% of 1.7 billion dollars
staying in the local economy rather than going overseas to Hollywood.

craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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