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Billions of dollars in revenue estimated to be lost

The U.S. has the lowest piracy rate in the world, but globally nearly $50.1 billion dollars has been lost to piracy.  As  illegal downloads become a growing problem worldwide,  individual countries may determine that they do not share the same issues and concerns.  

In the U.S. producers of the movie, "The Hurt Locker” are tackling the issue of piracy by suing filesharers who downloaded torrent versions of the movie. India is taking steps to fight the U.S. ACTA Piracy pact on what they believe to be stringent restrictions, while Spain is finding that it has to get tougher in its efforts to combat piracy.

A new report published June 1 from IDC Research Iberia claims that over 95 percent of music in Spain is pirated. The report indicates that the country lost $6.3 billion in the second half of 2009.  It is estimated that the country lost about $12 billion dollars for the entire year.

The study was commissioned by the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries and targeted music, film, video game, and book distribution. The final results indicated that 95.6 percent of music obtained online in the country was pirated. Pirated films were estimated at 83.7 percent while video games came in at 52.3 percent.

Nearly 6,000 internet users in Spain were surveyed for the study.

"The real figures are even worse," says Coalition president Aldo Olcese, who believes that internet users under the age of 16, presumed to be the most frequent illegal downloaders, were not included in the study.

Anti-piracy legislation, called the Sustainable Economy Law, is expected to be rolled out after the summer in Spain.



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RE: um what?
By greylica on 6/3/2010 4:38:54 PM , Rating: 3
I am a Brazilian.
I don't download Ilegal Music or pirated things, prefer GNU/FREE, Creative Commons for Music (I've found very good ones) and Free content online, and better, I am creating content online and sharing with all of the world, why not ?
Why don't take another approach to solve those problems ? 5 US$, 6 US$ per month for an unlimited and original download for every person that want online content delivered by the original creators ! WHY NOT ?
I am seeing their wrong direction leading to a war, rage and fury, the legal system is plagged with problems that won't be solved with ideas that put the normal citizen as a criminal even when he isn't.
The market has changed, we aren't in the 1980's, 1990's where you could sell a CD-ROM with 300% lucrativity over the plastic case, now we have another kind of media to store music.
Why don't create a system whereas a person could download anything officialy and without ''Direct Restriction Management'' with a fixed price in their internet plan ?

----A---SIMPLE---SOLUTION----!

My perception, is that politicians and media enterprises prefer a phantom threat to scare citizens all over the world instead of a new system that solves definetly those problems, and I am tired of that threat always spreading bad news about copyright infringement/sues/complaints and so on, I will avoid anything proprietary thanks to their phantom threat, their threat is starting to be very educative...

-I didn't see Avatar, for example, and I didn't die...-

Everyone know that it won't be solved this way, but the disruptive solution always scare whose refuse to understand or learn a true solution. The market pointed a new solution, but they won't admit it until the market shifts completely to free content to rage over years of threats and their ''avoid the simple solution, scare them, threat them, everyone is a infringer'' their next step is probably to try to stablish a clone of Adolf Hitler.

Sorry for them...


RE: um what?
By overzealot on 6/3/2010 10:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
Nice post.
I agree with most of what you wrote.
Was one of the fastest invocations of Godwin's Law I've seen in a long time.


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