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Intellectual Property Breakfast Club Tackles The Costs Of Global Piracy

WASHINGTON April 13, 2011- Broadband Breakfast gathered key industry experts to discuss the costs of global piracy at its monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Tuesday morning.

“It’s quite difficult to accurately measure the true level of global piracy, and it’s even harder to determine what the costs to the overall economy are,” explained Director of International Affairs and Trade for the U.S. Government Accountability Office Loren Yager.

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WASHINGTON April 13, 2011- Broadband Breakfast gathered key industry experts to discuss the costs of global piracy at its monthly Intellectual Property Breakfast Tuesday morning.

“It’s quite difficult to accurately measure the true level of global piracy, and it’s even harder to determine what the costs to the overall economy are,” explained Director of International Affairs and Trade for the U.S. Government Accountability Office Loren Yager.

Previously, industry would calculate the cost lost to the economy from pirated goods by pricing the pirated goods at their legal prices. This, however, is not an accurate method according to Yager. Due to the low cost of the counterfeit good, it is unlikely a person would be willing to spend the full price for the same item.

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“Finding the cost in developing countries is even harder than in the developed world,” said Sean Flynn, Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law at America University. “In the developing world many people cannot afford the legal good so they choose to pirate.”

Flynn went onto describe how the standardization of global pricing of goods often makes them too expensive for the average customer in the developing world. Companies will charge the same amount for a music CD in the US, India, and China. While the pricing is reasonable for the US market, a $20 CD is too expensive for most Indians and Chinese since it represents a much larger portion of their wages.

To combat price-based piracy Flynn recommended that companies price their goods in relation to the market they are selling them in rather than trying to set a single international price.

Morgan Reed, Executive Director at the Association for Competitive Technology, disagreed with Flynn’s comment.

“Sure only 8 percent of the market in the developing world can afford a $20 CD but that is still over 200 million customers,” said Morgan. “There are enough high-end consumers in these markets for companies.”

Even though there is large number of potential customers in the developing world, Reed said that his group still found a very high level of piracy.

Stephen E. Siwek, Principal at Economists Incorporated, said that while figuring out how people would act without the option of pirated goods is difficult it is not impossible.

“We’ve been able to successfully conduct studies wherein we ask individuals how many movies they would see if they did not have the option of getting pirated copies and they actually gave us reasonable responses,” Siewek said. “This allows us to figure out if there is a 1:1 relationship between a pirated good and its legal counterpart and we’ve found that this is not always the case.”

According to Siewek a study conducted in 2005 showed that only one out of every ten people who pirated an item would pay for the item if they could not obtain a pirated copy. However, Siewek contends that with the increased availability and ease of access to low cost digital goods, this number would probably increase.

Matt Robinson President of Atributor, an anti-piracy software firm, echoed earlier findings about the rise of cyber lockers as the new haven for digital pirates. Cyber lockers allow users to anonymously host and share files on someone else’s computer server.

“These sites allow users to download files in a single click and connect a single user with thousands of others anonymously,” Robinson said.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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Broadband Breakfast on June 1, 2022 — Broadband Mapping and Data

Broadband Breakfast returns to one of the subjects that it knows best: Broadband mapping and data.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 12 Noon ET –Broadband Mapping and Data

Now that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Notice of Funding Opportunity has been released, attention turns to a core activity that must take place before broadband infrastructure funds are distributed: The Federal Communications Commission’s updated broadband maps. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as implemented by the NTIA’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, these address-level maps from the FCC will determine the allocation of funds among states and serve as a key source of truth. Our panelists will also consider the role of state-level maps, the NTIA challenge process and other topics. Join Broadband Breakfast as we return to one of the subjects that we know best: Broadband data and mapping.

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  • Guests have been invited.
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

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Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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Broadband Breakfast on June 15, 2022 – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Fiber Connect in Nashville

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Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. Watch the event on Broadband Breakfast, or REGISTER HERE to join the conversation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12 Noon ET – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Fiber Connect in Nashville

Join a conversation with attendees at the annual Fiber Connect conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Panelists:

  • Guests have been invited.
  • Drew Clark (presenter and host), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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Broadband Breakfast on May 25, 2022 – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Mountain Connect in Colorado

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 12 Noon ET – Broadband Breakfast Live Online from Mountain Connect in Colorado

Join our weekly Broadband Breakfast Live Online, live from Keystone, Colorado, where Broadband Breakfast Editor and Publisher Drew Clark engages in an informal conversation with several informed observers participating in the annual Mountain Connect conference.

Panelists:

  • Sean Gonsalves, Senior Reporter, Editor and Researcher, ILSR’s Community Broadband Network Initiative
  • Jeff Gavlinski, CEO of Mountain Connect
  • Other guests attending Mountain Connect may also participate.
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he served as head of a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Sean Gonsalves is a longtime former reporter, columnist, and news editor with the Cape Cod Times. He is also a former nationally syndicated columnist in 22 newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, Kansas City Star and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, USA Today, the Washington Post and the International Herald-Tribune. Sean joined the Institute for Local Self Reliance staff in October 2020 as a senior reporter, editor and researcher for ILSR’s Community Broadband Network Initiative.

Jeffrey Gavlinski is the owner and CEO of Mountain Connect LLC, a company facilitating a broadband development conference that services the U.S. and is hosted in Colorado since 2011. He is also currently Global Vice President of Telecom & Wireless Associations at Plume Design.  He is responsible for the strategic alignment of Plume’s industry Association partnerships globally.

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