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POSTED BY: administrator on 04/03/2007 20:54:15

Anyone who sells, acquires, copies or distributes copyrighted materials without permission is called a pirate.  Downloading a movie without paying for it is no different than walking into a store and stealing a DVD off the shelf.  Motion Picture Piracy is committed in many ways, including via the Internet through downloadable files, selling pirated DVDs on the street or capturing and redistributing live broadcasts or performances without a license on the Internet.  Downloading movies and music without the authorization of copyright holders is a growing international problem that presents serious challenges for the movie industry and has serious legal consequences. 

People often download movies on the Internet because they believe they are anonymous and will not be held responsible for their actions.  They are wrong.  The illegal downloading and swapping of movie files is a serious crime.  Pirates and their affiliates can and will be tracked for engaging in Internet piracy.

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POSTED BY: administrator on 10/19/2009 13:04:33

Who Piracy Hurts

Piracy is not a victimless crime. It destroys jobs, drains money from local economies, harms the creative process, and in 2007/08 alone it cost the global motion picture industry approximately $18.2 billion U.S. The film and television production industries provided over 131,500 jobs in Canada in 2005 and generated over $5.2 billion dollars (CDN) for the Canadian economy.

Piracy also hurts local businesses and damages government tax revenues. The annual consumer spending loss in Canada due to film piracy in 2005 was estimated at $270 million (USD) while the loss of tax revenues due to film piracy in Canada in 2005 was estimated at $41 million (USD).

Foreign location production provides direct benefits in the form of jobs for local performers, crews, and other dependant businesses, economic activity through spending to production-related vendors and general suppliers, and direct and indirect tax revenues. The economic benefits go well beyond production alone: Numerous related industries benefit through film and television distribution, theatrical exhibition, retail sales, manufacturing, broadcasting, film festivals and others.

Source :CMPDA

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