Description: As the federal government pushes to modernize the country’s copyright laws, a new study suggests that relying on tougher legislation to stop online piracy simply won’t work.
Date: March 16, 2011
It found that anti-piracy education has done little to stigmatize illegal downloading in emerging economies and that market conditions are directly to blame.
“The failure of legal markets to provide access to goods at prices that are affordable in terms of local incomes fuels a situation in which high piracy becomes the primary form of media access,” said study editor Joe Karaganis.
According to the study, a copy of Microsoft Office is five to 10 times more expensive in an emerging economy like Brazil or South Africa, compared to prices in the U.S. or Europe.
The council’s data shows that a decade of increased copyright enforcement has not slowed piracy. It suggests that piracy rates as high as 90 per cent will continue until better competition pushes prices down.
The findings should send a strong message to developed economies such as Canada, said Internet law expert Michael Geist. Read rest of story
Questions for discussion:
- What are the most effective ways to stop piracy online?
- Are social marketing techniques the most effective ways to curb piracy longterm as opposed to legal remidies?