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

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Mon Nov 10 15:57:19 AEDT 2008

On 08/11/2008, at 8:06 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> It'd be interesting to find the actual source of those figures, like
> ars did in the US:
> http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/dodgy-digits-behind-the-war-on-piracy.ars/1
> http://tinyurl.com/4acrjt

Bob Debus' office has told me that the figures come from an Australian  
Institute of Criminology report "Intellectual property crime and  
enforcement in Australia" published 3 October. http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/rpp/94/

 From the executive summary:

The negative impact of IP crime includes adverse effects on business,  
the national economy, and consumer health and safety. For example, the  
software industry has argued that a 10-point drop in piracy globally  
could create 2.4 million jobs, $400b in economic growth and $67b in  
additional taxes.
Estimates of the loss to various sectors in Australia include the  

$233m per year due to the piracy and counterfeiting of films (LEK 2006)

$677m of lost sales, in 2002, in the Australian toy, software and  
video games industry. • This includes $445.7m lost sales in the  
business software industry (Allen 2003)

$515m in absolute losses in software piracy in 2006 (BSA & IDC 2006)

$45m per year as the cost to Australian subscription television  
industry (ASTRA 2006a)

$300m per year in breaches of trade mark as losses to the textile,  
clothing and footwear  industry (ACAG 2000).


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