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G8 urged to take action on counterfeiting and piracy

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 May 2007 21:25 User comments (11)

G8 urged to take action on counterfeiting and piracy The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has urged leaders of the G8 to take bigger steps against counterfeiting and piracy. The ICC sent letters to the G8 leaders in advance of their Summit Meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany. The letter was signed by 23 CEOs and senior business executives. It included recommendations for immediate actions that could be taken by the G8 countries.
"ICC welcomes the importance the G8 has placed on this critical global issue, by keeping counterfeiting and piracy on the agenda for the past four summits and by setting up a working group on intellectual property rights," said Jean-René Fourtou, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi and Co-Chair of ICC's Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative.

Fourtou added: "It is now critical, however, that the words be turned to concrete actions by G8 governments to bring an end to the increasing damage being done by this illegal activity. Other government leaders watch the actions being taken by G8 countries, and we are asking the leaders of the G8 governments to take immediate steps to demonstrate their commitment to stop counterfeiting and piracy and to urgently take tougher measures that will serve as an example to the rest of the world."

ICC estimates that businesses lose a total of US$ 600 billion to counterfeiters each year, including fake products moving across borders as well as those produced and sold domestically and those traded on the Internet. In addition, this illegal activity generates enormous costs to the global economy, in areas such as employment, consumer health and safety, technology transfer, tax revenues and public finance and law enforcement.

The recommendations offered by the business men include...
  • Abolish all known counterfeit and pirate markets in G8 countries, including Internet sites
  • Prohibit transshipment of counterfeits through free trade zones
  • Take the lead by endorsing World Customs Organization standards that set minimum performance standards, harmonize customs procedures and deter pirates from moving fake merchandise through countries with weak detection systems
  • Take stock of funding, other resources, and capabilities to fight this scourge in G8 countries
  • Strictly enforce laws against counterfeiting and adopt tough criminal sanctions and penalties that deter intellectual property theft
"The magnitude of the costs and risks associated with counterfeiting and piracy can not be ignored, and the scope and scale of this global problem demands that governments view this as a priority and take decisive and ongoing actions," said Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, CEO of Nestlé. "There are many steps that can be taken immediately that will have an impact and demonstrate resolve to stop this problem, and the business leaders involved in BASCAP stand ready to assist in any way we can in working with government leaders on these actions."

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128.5.2007 21:38

ok here is how to do this

all movies = $5 to purchase

all albums = $3 to purchase

all videogames = $15 to purchase

Yea I know the pricing is off, just making a point. Either make media more reasonably priced or stop all your bitching and whining. What would you rather have, $600 billion in losses (which is total bs), or actually make a few bucks from someone who would otherwise pirate the media?? Get your head's out of your a$$'s, lining the already rich's pockets isnt a global issue.....lets get with reality.

/me is tired of these threads :/

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 May 2007 @ 21:38

229.5.2007 0:12

There will always be people who just want stuff for free, no matter how cheap you make the media. I'm one of those people! Still, there are several improvements that can make me pull out my credit card more often:

Movies: stop bringing out a gazillion special editions and extended cuts. When I buy a movie, I want to buy THE movie and not A VERSION of the movie. And start making better movies that are actually worth buying instead of generic crap that I can't even bear to watch once!

Albums: I just like 2 to 3 songs of every album, so buying an entire album doesn't make sense to me. iTunes and such sites are a HUGE step in the right direction IF they quit their inane protection shemes. If I buy a MP3 I own it, thus I want to be able to do with it what I want!

Videogames: Stop bringing out bugged and thus unplayable crap like Two Worlds and Gothic 3! Finish a game to the point that it is playable, and THEN release it. Plus, bring out some decent demo's of the games that actually represent the final game. I bought C&C3 just because the demo was so good (with hidden features), even if the game isn't really worth the 45 euri.

As it is, I (as a consumer/costumer) often feel screwed by the industry. The pricing is a small factor, but EVERYTHING is overpriced in the Western world and we are talking about luxury articles. I have the money, but I don't buy out of principle. I find it far worse that quality is often below par. If it is a bug-ridden game or a CD with only 30 minutes of music, it isn't worth my money!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 May 2007 @ 0:19

329.5.2007 5:09

Deznaj, you said that some people will always want things for free regardless of cheap it is. I agree. However, the converse applies to big business. No matter how much money they make, they will always feel the need to whine and complain about the "HUGE" pirating problem.

Also, I like svtstang's idea of lowering the prices to such levels. If things were that cheap, I can't say I would always buy things, but I know that I wouldn't pirate due to price, but rather out of convenience; I don't always feel like getting in the car and driving 20 minutes to Best Buy (which, by the way, is the most overpriced store on the planet). I don't have enough money to buy every game I want at $60 a pop and every new DVD I want at $20 a pop. That is totally ridiculous. It costs the industry like $2 to make a movie - they can afford to drop the prices a little bit. They should also realize that not everyone is a semi-retarded suburban housewife who obediently goes out and buys "Lion King 3.5" on DVD for her two screaming kids.

As for video games, the most expenisve of those three things to make, if they dropped the price a little bit, they would sell more and still cover their costs. I don't feel like doing the math, but there's a correlation between price and cost and there has to be a better intersection point between the two than the current one set by the industry.

429.5.2007 6:29
mpstash
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Even though it costs companies a minimal amount to make a DVD or CD, the inflated cost is necessary to recover from the PRODUCTION costs (aka filming, etc) of the DVD. A similar situation is in pharmaceuticals. The drugs cost pennies but the R&D costs millions and has to be absorbed somewhere. Likewise with video games, xbox 360 and Ps3 consoles are sold at a LOSS. The only way for the companies to make profit or break even is to have higher prices on the games. The solution is not so clear cut after all =/

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 May 2007 @ 6:30

529.5.2007 6:31

ok...I know you are sue to selling stuff at 5X their worth but everything downloaded is not 2X in sales lost....reality...DO UUU HAVE IT?!?!?!

The main problem with piracy its cheaper than the "real thing" thus how do we fix this ...raise prices... no.... make things work worse via bad DRM ...no these just create more piracy and shearing,BTW news flash sharing and piracy are 2 different things its like comparing peacnic hippies to thug street drug dealers....remove sharing sales will go up less than 10% while people look to the used market to boycott new crap.

You want people in the millions to buy your sht,sale it for 60% less than you are now never going above 20$ excluding box sets..

629.5.2007 10:38

Quote:
The recommendations offered by the business men include...

* Abolish all known counterfeit and pirate markets in G8 countries, including Internet sites
* Prohibit transshipment of counterfeits through free trade zones
* Take the lead by endorsing World Customs Organization standards that set minimum performance standards, harmonize customs procedures and deter pirates from moving fake merchandise through countries with weak detection systems
* Take stock of funding, other resources, and capabilities to fight this scourge in G8 countries
* Strictly enforce laws against counterfeiting and adopt tough criminal sanctions and penalties that deter intellectual property theft

"The magnitude of the costs and risks associated with counterfeiting and piracy can not be ignored, and the scope and scale of this global problem demands that governments view this as a priority and take decisive and ongoing actions," said Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, CEO of Nestlé.
All this is well and good but as was said above the cost is alot. The G8 will look at the bottom line if they can make money on it they will do something about it otherwise it wont get of the ground. They want to make money however it will be done.

731.5.2007 3:09
pigfister
Inactive

Originally posted by svtstang:
ok here is how to do this

all movies = $5 to purchase

all albums = $3 to purchase

all videogames = $15 to purchase

Yea I know the pricing is off, just making a point. Either make media more reasonably priced or stop all your bitching and whining. What would you rather have, $600 billion in losses (which is total bs), or actually make a few bucks from someone who would otherwise pirate the media?? Get your head's out of your a$$'s, lining the already rich's pockets isnt a global issue.....lets get with reality.

/me is tired of these threads :/
the thing is though, at g8 its mostly about counterfeit drugs and how American drug companies are losing huge $$$ losses because of cheap generic options that are available throughout the world, mainly to developing nations, especially typhoid, malaria, tuberculosis and hiv vaccinations. so why America bitches about lost revenue millions of ppl are dying because of their capitalist c**k sucking courporate infrastructure.

edited by ddp
American democracy is = You are free, to do what we say!
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 May 2007 @ 7:33

831.5.2007 7:34

pigfister, lightning struck!! post edited

931.5.2007 7:58

QUOTE Deznaj
Albums: I just like 2 to 3 songs of every album, so buying an entire album doesn't make sense to me. iTunes and such sites are a HUGE step in the right direction IF they quit their inane protection shemes. If I buy a MP3 I own it, thus I want to be able to do with it what I want!

Deznaj
YOU SURE DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH YE OWN THE TOON YE BOUGHT FROM ITUNES

NOW YE KNOW


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Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too

With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.
LINK
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/234/322699#3112051

AND LINK
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/235/322699#3113527

1031.5.2007 13:17

ireland
heres ye a work around for the ad filter ^^

http://
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1127.6.2007 23:08

At least the pirates stick to their guns and do what they say they are going to do. The have no qualms about whether or not a file gets uploaded or downloaded. Have yet to hear a peep from the pirates.

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