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Posted by Boghound on September 30, 2011


Australian Entertainment Industry Called Piracy Main Enemy

An outfit named Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) is an organization engaged in fighting file-sharing. This outfit has recently commissioned a new research in order to demonstrate the only indicator: how much online piracy is hurting movie and television industry.

The survey revealed that 55% of the respondents said they did download copyrighted material from different file-sharing networks, including BitTorrent trackers. Meanwhile, the chief executive officer of Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation pointed out that public actually loves their entertainment, because people are seen to participate very actively in downloading content like films and TV shows. However, they don’t see any boundaries, let alone responsibilities, and they are also opportunistic, taking it any way they are able to.

The report came as no surprise, because such kind of researches always involves dramatic figures in order to justify eventual future draconian measures. For instance, a report published by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) claimed that online piracy of entertainment content is responsible for losses of $1.37 billion to the economy of Australia. In addition, unauthorized file-sharing can also be blamed for resulting in the loss of over 6,000 jobs annually. The results of the report in question also claimed that approximately 90 million pirated copies of films have been shared through peer-to-peer networks within the specified period. Although a lot of industry observers are sure that the results of such researches are usually fraudulent, the governments take it seriously and pass new pro-copyright laws violating basic human rights in favor of multinational corporations.

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