EU | Digital Piracy

17 03 2010

According to a report ‘commissioned‘ by Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), audio-visual has been endorsed by trade unions representing the EU’s “creative industries”, as well as the International Actors Federation (FIA)’, online piracy of music, films and everything in between cost 39,000 jobs and £1.4bn in lost sales.  Across the EU though, all this digital skullduggery could cost up to 1.2m jobs while losing a whopping £215bn.

The whole point of this totally non-biased report is to urge the European Masters to beef up the defence of ‘intellectual property rights’ and for the political puppets called MEPs to oppose legislation of file-sharing over the internet.  Couldn’t find the whole report but got the following snippets from the International Chamber of Commerce.

Building a Digital Economy: The Importance of Saving Jobs in the EU’s Creative Industries

Objectives of the Study

The production and distribution of works by creative industries, including movies, music, television programmes and software, has been recognised as having a positive effect on economic growth and the creation of jobs. Unfortunately, over the last decade digital piracy (copyright infringement of digital media) has increasingly threatened the economic performance of the industries responsible for these creative works.

For this reason, stemming the rising tide of digital piracy should be at the top of the agenda of policymakers in the European Union and elsewhere. But to make well-informed decisions in this area, policymakers would benefit from understanding the extent of the economic contributions of these industries and of the losses resulting from digital piracy.

Findings of the Study

The study focuses on three questions: 1) What is the contribution of the creative industries to the European economy in terms of GDP and jobs? 2) What are the consequences of piracy on retail revenue and jobs? 3) If current policies do not change in the EU, what will these losses be by 2015?

The analysis determined the following:

In 2008 the European Union’s creative industries, based on the more accurate and comprehensive definition, contributed 6.9%, or approximately €860 billion, to total European GDP, and represented 6.5% of the total workforce, or approximately 14 million workers.

In 2008 the European Union’s creative industries most impacted by piracy (film, TV series, recorded music and software) experienced retail revenue losses of €10 billion and losses of more than 185,000 jobs due to piracy, largely digital piracy.

Based on current projections and assuming no significant policy changes, the European Union’s creative industries could expect to see cumulative retail revenue losses of as much as €240 billion by 2015, resulting in 1.2 million jobs lost by 2015.

The EU Bosses will take notice of this though, for lost sales mean lost taxes.  Just like those traffic offences with the fixed penalty notices, imagine the fun the Corruptibles could have with that.  Not only that but what a great fecking excuse for additional web surveillance.

Expect the EU High Admiralty to commission a vast (and expensive) array of net-privateers tasked with tracking down those spotty media-hungry net-pirates and bringing them to justice.   Probably be fined into oblivion and those that can’t pay with have their modem strung up on the BT Tower for all eternity as a warning to others.

Happy St Paddy’s day?  Like feck it is.

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