Bollywood, Hollywod join hands to fight piracy globally

Written by Corporate Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 29 | Updated: Oct 30 2007, 05:37am hrs
With piracy becoming the biggest competitor, Bollywood and Hollywod have decided to join hands and fight the global menace, Dan Glickman, chairman and chief executive officer, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said at a meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday.

The film industry needs strong laws to support copyright, strong enforcement of those laws, stiff sentences for people who violate those laws, Glickman said.

Recently, the MPAA calculated that losses due to Internet piracy for studios was around $6.1 billion in 2005. About $2.4 billion was lost to bootlegging (obtaining movies by either purchasing an illegally copied VHS/DVD/VCD or acquiring hard copies of bootleg movies), $1.4 billion to illegal copying and $2.3 billion to Internet piracy, obtaining movies by either downloading them from the Internet without paying or acquiring hard copies of illegally downloaded movies.

Of the $6.1-billion lost in revenue to the studios, approximate $1.2 billion came from piracy across the Asia-Pacific region, while piracy in the US accounted for $1.3 billion.

In 2006, the MPAAs operations in the Asia-Pacific region investigated more than 30,000 cases of piracy and assisted law enforcement officials in conducting nearly 12,400 raids.

These activities resulted in the seizure of more than 35 million illegal optical discs, 50 factory optical disc production lines and 4,482 optical disc burners, as well as the initiation of more than 11,000 legal actions.