Don't blame the pirates for the pirating

Serafini, Dom
December 2005
Intermedia (0309118X);Dec2005, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p25
Trade Publication
The article reports that contraband and pirating are two sides of the same coin. But don't think for a minute that, with all the Intellectual Properties problems the fault lies mostly with the kids who download files, or the local bohemians who sell audiovisual product on CDs and DVDs. The culprits whom, apparently, no one, the FBI, the MPAA, the RIAA, IRMA-- wants to see, are, the manufacturers. Imagine, for a moment, those poor souls who race coast to coast or criss cross borderline highways to smuggle contraband cigarettes. From where do they get the merchandise, not just a few cartons, but truckloads of the stuff. Recently, in Brazil, the local police arrested a Chinese-Brazilian businessman considered one of the key producers of pirated music and movies. While raiding the arrested pirate's warehouse, Brazilian police found 7.5 million blank CDs and 3.5 million blank DVDs. One of the apparent questions that comes to mind is where the heck did the pirate get this very large stock of blanks, which if stacked one top of the other, would reach 6,600 meters, or a pile taller than the Incahuasi Mountain in the Argentinean-Chilean Andes and close to the Nepal Peak in the Himalayas, and that's without counting the disc cases.


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