On this subject, I’m very pleased to publish a guest essay by Dr. Petros Petridis of Panteio University in Athens.
File Sharing and the Greek CrisisPetros Petridis Panteio University Athens petros.petridis at gmail.com twitter: @petridispetros
According to the major copyright industry groups, Greece has among the highest rates of “piracy” in the European Union. The Business Software Alliance recently put this number at 61% of the software market—exceeded only by Romania and Bulgaria. The IFPI listed Greece in its top ten ‘priority countries’ for music piracy in 2006. The US Trade Representative’s office has kept Greece on its “Watchlist” of badly behaving countries since 2008.
It is easy to see file sharing through the lens of the larger Greek crisis—as part of the wider breakdown and circumvention of formal institutions. But the file sharing story in Greece is both simpler and more complicated than that.