Fight piracy epidemic, pleads European entertainment industry group
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Source: Mi2N - May 23, 2002
Counterfeiting and piracy of copyrighted works is feeding a growing black
economy used by criminal networks to fund drug dealing, arms trading, money
laundering and terrorism, members of Europe's entertainment industry heard
at a two-day piracy seminar in Madrid.
"Just last week, our anti-piracy programme in the UK, working with local
enforcement authorities, raided a major pirate DVD-R factory that was making
copies of 'Spider Man' and 'Star Wars: Episode II' that had been downloaded
from the Internet," declared Dara MacGreevy, Vice President of the Motion
Picture Association, based in Belgium.
"Over 10,000 discs and 31 DVD burners were seized in the raid."
Urging the European Union to take "bold measures" in its slated EU
Enforcement Directive and to "rapidly implement" new legislation to combat
escalating piracy in Europe, representatives of film, video, music, business
and interactive leisure software companies jointly called for the Directive
1. Genuinely deterrent penalties and damages so pirates can no longer write
off damages as a small operational cost;
2. Reasonable presumption of copyright ownership to avoid delays in court
proceedings that in some cases allow pirates to escape justice;
3. Seize and preserve evidence of piracy to make available effective
provisional measures allowing seizure and preservation of evidence before
criminals can destroy it;
4. Right of information about manufacture and distribution so original
manufacturer or distributor of the infringing goods can be identified; and,
5. Compulsory Source identification codes (SID) so the source of manufacture
of pirated discs made in Europe every year can be tracked down.
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