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Cultral globalisation and music, film and software piracy

March 7th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
I’ve not read this report. But it is certainly high on my list of reading. The report on ‘Media Piracy in Emerging Economies’ claims to be the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia. The report has been produced by the Social Science Research Council based in New York. As the report points out enforcement has not worked and commercial pirates and transnational smugglers face the same dilemma as the legal industry: how to compete with free.
Gilberto Gil, musician and former Brazilian minister of culture says “This remarkable study should be required reading for anyone concerned with copyright and enforcement, or with the challenges of cultural globalization.”
clipped from piracy.ssrc.org

Based on three years of work by some thirty-five researchers, Media Piracy in Emerging Economies tells two overarching stories: one tracing the explosive growth of piracy as digital technologies became cheap and ubiquitous around the world, and another following the growth of industry lobbies that have reshaped laws and law enforcement around copyright protection. The report argues that these efforts have largely failed, and that the problem of piracy is better conceived as a failure of affordable access to media in legal markets.

“The choice,” said Joe Karaganis, director of the project, “isn’t between high piracy and low piracy in most media markets. The choice, rather, is between high-piracy, high-price markets and high-piracy, low price markets. Our work shows that media businesses can survive in both environments, and that developing countries have a strong interest in promoting the latter. This problem has little to do with enforcement and a lot to do with fostering competition.”

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