Report concludes that Piracy is a problem of global pricing, not enforcement


Here’s something to chew on: a report by the Social Science Research Council concludes that media piracy can’t be halted by stringent enforcement of IP, and describes the issue as more of a global pricing problem than anything else. The study was conducted on several emerging economies, including Russia, India and Mexico and found that people in said countries aren’t exactly what you’d call lawless or morally challenged, even in countries that had extremely high piracy rates. Its just that citizens of these countries can’t justify a purchase of a regular, original DVD that retails for say, $15 when you consider that that amount of money is a fair chunk of change in these nations. To address the problem, the report says that the pricing of these particular goods need to be adjusted depending on the region or the country where it’s being sold, and not to tighten the already harsh IP enforcemet already in place. To quote the report “little evidence—and indeed few claims—that enforcement efforts to date have had any effect whatsoever on the overall supply of pirated goods. Our work suggests, rather, that piracy has grown dramatically by most measures in the past decade.”


Source: Arstechnica, Social Science Research Council