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Fellowship Against Copyright Theft

Fiji Audio Visual Industry Association

Together protecting Fiji's Intellectual Property Businesses and Services


Who are pirates

Pirates are people, organisations and anyone who make unauthorised copying or use of copyright materials without the permission of the owner. Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple. It is no different from stealing another person's shoes, stereo or jewellery except sometimes it can be a lot more damaging when you realise where some of these tax free money is used.

How is Piracy Committed

Piracy is committed in many ways, including Internet piracy, copying and distribution of optical discs (DVD, CD, VCD), broadcasts, and even public performances. Downloading movies without the authorisation of copyright holders is a growing international phenomenon, and it has serious consequences.
Theft of an actual film from a theatre (known as cinema copy), for the purpose of making illegal copies is one of the most serious forms of piracy. This type of theft allows the pirate to make a relatively poor quality video from the theatre, which then serves as the master for the duplication of unauthorized material.

How Does it affect the Industry

Piracy is a very real threat to the future of creative industries. That's why it's so important that consumers understand buying a pirated DVD is far from the victimless crime it's often perceived to be.
By purchasing pirated DVDs, many consumers are unwittingly helping to fund hard-core criminals with links to people trafficking, drugs, guns and money laundering. The potential high returns and relatively low risks mean that organised crime groups have got into DVD piracy.
Although the DVDs often sell at a significant value less than the originals, they are frequently a waste of money. Some of the discs do not play at all, some skip with bad sound quality and the subtitles, which can't be turned off on some discs, do not correspond with the scripts. Most importantly these criminals do not pay any form of tax, which is a significant loss to the Government. The sale of these items constitutes intellectual property theft, and, on top of defrauding consumers and causing obvious losses to industry, the real beneficiaries are often serious and organised crime groups.
According to a 2003 Interpol report on ‘The Links Between Intellectual Property Crime and Terrorist Financing’, “trafficking in counterfeit goods is a relatively easy criminal activity. A terrorist could make profit solely from the sale of counterfeit or pirated goods and does not need to be involved in the actual production or fabrication. Thus, there are relatively low entry costs and the illicit profit margins are high.

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