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Rodríguez, Cynthia
April 2007
Debates IESA;abr-jun2007, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p62
Academic Journal
Piracy is a little known but much discussed global sickness that clearly impacts industries producing readily copied goods. After Peru, Venezuela is Latin America's leading country in motion picture piracy. National Anti-piracy Association data note that in 2005, film piracy represented 85 percent of sales, representing over 40 billion dollars in industry losses and roughly 1,500 jobs. Venezuela's Authors and Composers Society denounced 2006 losses of more than 100 billion bolivars, estimating that Venezuelans buy only 1.8 million legal, locally made discs. According to Cavelibro, in 2005 editorial losses reached 25 million dollars, and an estimated 19,358 jobs. But tying the sale of illegal goods to crime is no easy task. Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím considers the problem of illicit trade builds on three false but generally accepted premises: that this type of crime is nothing new, is largely rooted in common crime, and belongs to an underground economy that differs from that of ordinary people. Although difficult to face, much could be gained by passing anti-piracy legislation that would bar consumers from purchasing goods that violate intellectual property.


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