Bad Dog

via Crashmaster007 on FlickrWell, McGruff the Crime Dog has been dusted off for the fight against piracy, as part of a new  Department of Justice-led campaign that Nate Anderson accurately calls “Reefer Madness for the digital age.”  Our work on organized crime is getting some renewed attention in this context.  Rather than rehash the  argument or send you to the full report, here are some greatest hits:

  • Does Crime Pay?  All the best excerpts on organized crime from the report in 15 pages.
  • And finally, Sunset Boulevard Terrorists, in which we consider some real terrorist linkages to the movie and DVD trade–the legal one.


Organized Crime: Businessweek edition

(updated, April 9)

Sigh. I can see that engaging in this debate about organized crime and piracy means having to shoot down the same stuff  over and over.  You can look here if you want a detailed version of our take on organized crime and here for a more tongue-in-cheek version.  But to the business at hand: I was dismayed to read the recitation of industry talking points on the subject in this recent Businessweek story by Mike White.  This irks me in part because White interviewed me and I walked him through all the problems with the inflated claims.  Yet, here they are again.  That’s his prerogative, I suppose.  Here’s mine. Continue reading “Organized Crime: Businessweek edition”

MPEE Mailbag: Career Options

We get mail:

Dear MPEE,

I’m a former banker fallen on hard times and am looking for a new line of work.  I have read in the IIPA report that “the mark-up for DVD piracy (a relatively low-risk activity) is much higher than that for cocaine and heroine trafficking,” and also read in your report that enforcement doesn’t work, which is an important issue for me.  This sounds like an interesting opportunity, and I wanted to ask your advice about career options in this area.  Continue reading “MPEE Mailbag: Career Options”