The Global Cost of Piracy Breakfast

I’m a little late to this to say the least, but I recently ran across this 2011 video from one of the ‘IP Breakfast’ workshops that Drew Clarke used to run.  In it, you can find Bruce Lehman, Clinton point man on the major IP treaties of the 1990s; Loren Yager, main author of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the costs of IP infringment (which was notable for saying that nobody knew what they were); Steven Siwek, the copyright sector’s chief economist for maximizing claims of harm from piracy; Matt Robinson from anti-piracy outfit Attributor (now Digimarc); Morgan Reed from  software trade group the Association for Competitive Technology; and Sean Flynn from American University (and one of the contributors to the Media Piracy report).

Amusingly, it turns into a free-for-all about the Piracy report, with Siwek defending his methods, Lehman parsing what it meant for the US to be a pirate nation in the 19th century, and Sean parrying with both of them and also an angry guy in the audience  accusing the report of anti-americanism, anti-commerc(ism?), and–I think I heard this right– pro-Viking(ism), which has something to do with pillaging.  Sadly, Sean did not address our position on Vikings.  Anyway, it’s a nice time capsule of IP debates circa early 2011 (pre SOPA).


Piratería de Medios en las Economías Emergentes

Estoy muy contento de anunciar la publicación de Piratería de Medios en las Economías Emergentes–la versión en español de Media Piracy in Emerging Economies.

Muchas gracias a nuestros dos traductores, Clio Bugel y Guillermo Sabanes de la Asociación para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones. Y a Geraldine Juárez por el apoyo editorial excelente.

Para resumir:

La piratería de medios ha sido llamada un “flagelo mundial”, “plaga internacional” y “nirvana para delincuentes”, aunque la mejor descripción tal vez sea la de un problema de fijación de precios. Los altos precios de los productos de medios, los bajos ingresos y el bajo costo de las
tecnologías digitales son los principales ingredientes de la piratería de medios en el mundo. Si la piratería está presente en casi todas partes es porque también están presentes esas condiciones.

The Making of MPEE

For the MPEE completists out there, the long-awaited “The Making of MPEE” (aka,  “Transnational Piracy Research in Practice: A Roundtable Interview with Joe Karaganis, John Cross, Olga Sezneva and Ravi Sundaram” [Lobato and Thomas]) is now available for download.  Here’s a sample:

JK: I’d argue that there’s a loose disciplinary story to map onto the last decade of work in this area. The late 1990s and early 2000s were a period of rapid discovery and exploration of the wider significance of IP issues within the legal field, epitomized by the work of Lawrence Lessig, Yochai Benkler, Pamela Samuelson, James Boyle, Peter Jaszi and many others. The lawyers were the first to appreciate the regulatory challenges of digitization and the Internet. This engagement was primarily US-centered, synthetic or case-study driven with regard to methods, and—I would argue—grounded in a positivist legal project that prioritized the task of refining law and legal categories. Creative Commons is the best example of this perspective or disciplinary project. Continue reading “The Making of MPEE”

Begone, Consumer’s Dilemma!

Today is a big day for MPEE: We have heard the cries of the American lawyers who want to read MPEE, but who are too virtuous to find a pirated copy on Scribd and too cheap to pay $8.  And we have listened.

Today, we release MPEE under a Creative Commons license (non-commercial, share-alike).

We’ve also posted PDFs of the individual chapters, and are anticipating Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese translations in the next months.

Also an EPUB version if we can make a clean one using this seriously underdeveloped standard (and yes, I’m looking at you, Adobe CS5.5, which is supposed to fully support it.)

Finally, this is version 1.0.4, with some corrections.  If you have an old one, please feel free to upgrade.


MPEE Piracy costs US economy over $1 million

Nearly two months after the launch of the MPEE report, we’ve run the numbers.  Using common industry methods, the rate of piracy of MPEE in the US and Europe stands at a staggering 98%.  Non-profit research sector losses to MPEE piracy total $345,000.  Losses to the US economy are around $1 million, equivalent to a loss of 20 jobs.*  At this point, we can only guess how much we might have learned about piracy losses if the MPEE project had suffered fewer piracy losses. Continue reading “MPEE Piracy costs US economy over $1 million”

Best Salmon Piracy Report Ever

That was the title of a page that came up when I googled Felix Salmon’s coverage of our report.  And yes, salmon piracy is a huge problem that costs our nation’s businesses billions or maybe trillions of dollars (estimates vary).  But that is a story for another day.  Meanwhile, here’s me and Felix talking about piracy: