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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 March 1, 2023 – Preview Session for Big Tech & Speech Summit

Summit moderators will set the stage for timely discussions on content moderation, privacy and competition.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 12 Noon ET – Preview Session for Big Tech & Speech Summit

With one week left to go before Broadband Breakfast’s live in-person Big Tech & Speech Summit, the conference moderators will present a preview of what to expect at the event. We’ll go over the newest developments in the world of Big Tech — including the recent opening arguments in Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh — and set the stage for timely discussions on content moderation, privacy and competition. Attendees will have the chance to shape the discussion at the summit by letting moderators know in advance what burning questions are on their minds.

This FREE Broadband Breakfast Live Online event will feature insights from the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club report for the month of March. Access the full report by registering here.

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Broadband Breakfast on February 22, 2023 – Workforce Development Issues

Discuss the state of the broadband workforce, what is being done to develop it and what challenges still lie ahead.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 12 Noon ET – Workforce Development Issues

Several states are using funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to implement new broadband curriculums and apprenticeship programs in order to grow the dwindling telecom workforce. These programs are key for ensuring a future workforce that is robust, resilient, and has the training and experience required to support the future of broadband. But will these measures be enough to fend off the approaching labor shortage that some experts have warned will risk states’ ability to maintain adequate internet coverage? Join industry leaders at this live online event to check in with the state of the broadband workforce, what is being done to develop it and what challenges still lie ahead.

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Broadband Breakfast on February 15, 2023 – How State Broadband Offices Are Approaching the Next Phase of IIJA

What are states focusing on in order to maximize the amount and impact of their federal broadband funding?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 12 Noon ET – How State Broadband Offices Are Approaching the Next Phase of IIJA

For the past year, state broadband offices have been hard at work to prepare for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program under the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Now that a key map challenge deadline has passed — for better or for worse — what are states focusing on in order to maximize the amount and impact of their federal broadband funding? Which states have come out ahead in BEAD funding allocation, and which are struggling? What other IIJA programs and projects are states working on, and what are the biggest hurdles to their completion?

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