Oct 242017

Catherine Tomlinson, Heather Moyo, Zain Rizvi, Claire Waterhouse, Salomé Meyer and Marcus Low on behalf of Fix the Patent Laws and the Cancer Alliance.  Click here for the full report (PDF)

Executive Summary:  Cancer rates in South Africa are expected to rise significantly over the next two decades.[4] In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of new cancer cases is expected to increase by more than 85% from 2008 to 2030.[5] Continue reading »


Publishing industry employment in 16 countries, compared to survey data on copyright user rights

 Posted by on December 4, 2013  Comments Off on Publishing industry employment in 16 countries, compared to survey data on copyright user rights
Dec 042013

Palmedo croppedThe copyright industries hire a lot of people, and employment figures are often used to argue for stronger protection for rightholders. But do the industries in countries with stronger protection for rightholders hire more people than the same industries in countries with limits on the scope and enforcement of copyright? Do countries with more robust limitations and exceptions to copyright have fewer ‘copyright industry’ jobs? Continue reading »


CEO Compensation in the Copyright-Intensive Industries

 Posted by on August 14, 2013  Comments Off on CEO Compensation in the Copyright-Intensive Industries
Aug 142013

bad-gerafiJonathan Band and Jonathan Gerafi.  Today we’re releasing a study on CEO compensation in copyright-intensive industries. We found that for the past six years, the CEOs of firms in copyright-intensive industries received significantly higher compensation than the CEOs of the firms in the other industries we used for comparison (construction, transportation, and mining). For example, in 2012, copyright-intensive industry CEOs received $22.9 million on average in compensation, while the CEOs in the other industries received $7.4 million.  In other words, the 2012 compensation of copyright-intensive industry CEOs was more than triple the compensation of CEOs in the other industries. Continue reading »

Nov 192012

Some weeks ago, we published a lengthy blog post called Where do Music Collections Come From?  which discussed findings from our Copy Culture survey.

Some of the data demonstrated that P2P file sharers (who own digital music files) buy more music than their non-P2P using peers (who also own digital music files).  Here’s the chart again: Continue reading »


Male Copiers are from Mars. Female Copiers are also from Mars

 Posted by on November 16, 2012  Comments Off on Male Copiers are from Mars. Female Copiers are also from Mars
Nov 162012

Continuing our march through the demographics of Copy Culture in the US and Germany, let’s look at gender.  Would you bet that file sharing is mostly the province of young men?  If you did, you would lose. Using our broadest definitions, we find minimal gender differences in participation in copy culture.  Men and women copy and download for free in very similar numbers.  Similar numbers ‘acquire most or all of a collection this way’  and also ‘most or all of a large collection this way’ (large means >5000 songs).  Charts ahead. Continue reading »


Cautionary Tales About Collective Rights Organizations

 Posted by on September 22, 2012  Comments Off on Cautionary Tales About Collective Rights Organizations
Sep 222012

Collective licensing has been suggested as a possible solution for the obstacle copyright law places in the path of new uses of works enabled by innovative technologies.   Collective licensing does have the potential to reduce transaction costs when a large number of works are licensed to a large number of users, thereby benefiting both rights holders and users. However, the actual track record of collective rights organizations (CROs), the entities that manage collective licenses, reveals that they often fail to live up to that potential. Although there are a wide variety of CROs operating under divergent legal frameworks, many unfortunately share the characteristic of serving their own interests at the expense of artists and the public. Continue reading »

Jul 112011

On July 11, 2011, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) presented the results of a study (prepared by Capital Trade, Inc.) on the value of fair use in the U.S. economy.  The study—which was conducted using a methodology developed by the World Intellectual Property Organization—found that fair use-reliant industries have contributed significantly to the U.S. economy since 2002 and held their own during the recent economic crisis. (The study will be available here.)   Professor Peter Jaszi of American University Washington College of Law assisted in establishing a definition for ‘fair use-related industry’ for the purposes of the study.  CCIA President and CEO Edward Black introduced the study by stating that, while intellectual property monopolies can be worthwhile to incentivize certain behaviors, many industries depend on limitations of these exclusive rights in the form of the fair use doctrine. Continue reading »

Apr 212011

Consumers International has published its third annual IP Watchlist, which “assesses the fairness of the world’s intellectual property laws and enforcement practices from an important yet under-represented perspective: that of an ordinary consumer.”  The best-rated countries are Moldova, the U.S., India, Lebanon and New Zealand.  The worst-rated countries are Thailand, Chile, the UK, Brazil and Belarus.

The report highlights some best  practices related to intellectual property, such as South Africa’s Free and Open Source Software policy.  It also highlights some worst practices, such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s decision to exclude creative-commons licensed music from its podcasts, and an Australian law requiring educators to “pay for the materials that they copy for their students from freely-accessible public websites.” The report highlights areas where consumer protections are missing from the majority of countries’ laws surveyed, such as “any protection for consumers who non-commercially remix or mash up copyright works.” Continue reading »

Apr 182011

Anil Varghese, Director of the Original Software Initiative, Microsoft India was recently interviewed for the Indian News outfit COIL.  He told the interviewer that “software piracy rates in India have declined from 74 per cent to 65 per cent in the last seven years,” but “global losses from piracy and counterfeiting account for approximately $1 trillion.”

When asked to share key findings from the MS India survey, he said, “consumers know the difference between genuine and counterfeit software; and that genuine software performs better; consumers are four times more likely to recommend genuine than counterfeit software; consumers think there are risks with using counterfeit software, and 50 per cent of them even don’t believe in counterfeit software. The findings also revealed that, 79 per cent consumers agree that they need ways to protect themselves from inadvertently buying counterfeit software. Moreover, 82 per cent think that software companies should do more to stop their products from being counterfeited while 76 per cent consumers believe that government should do more to reduce the amount of counterfeit software.” Continue reading »


Notes on Broadband Breakfast Panel on How to Measure the Effects of Piracy

 Posted by on April 13, 2011  Comments Off on Notes on Broadband Breakfast Panel on How to Measure the Effects of Piracy
Apr 132011

Yesterday the Broadband Breakfast Club hosted a panel discussion titled “The Costs of Global Intellectual Property Piracy: How Can the Phenomenon Be Empirically Quanitified?”  The event featured speakers who have conducted studies for GAO and the IIPI, two representatives from private companies, and PIJIP’s Sean Flynn.

Click here to view the webcast.

Loren Yager, Director of Internal Affairs and Trade for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) opened the panel with a description of GAO’s 2010 study on the economic effects of piracy. The report examined the significant contribution of intellectual property to the US economy, classified some of the effects (both positive and negative) of infringement, and looked at the incentives that piracy creates for consumers, producers, and traders. Continue reading »


U.S. Customs Officials Release Statistics for Border Seizures in 2010

 Posted by on March 22, 2011  Comments Off on U.S. Customs Officials Release Statistics for Border Seizures in 2010
Mar 222011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that the number of seizures of infringing goods at the U.S. border increased 34% in 2010, though the overall value of goods seized dropped. “The average value for an IPR seizure dropped to $9,425 in FY 2010 from $17,566 in FY 2009.  There was a 41% increase in the number of low value (under $1000) IPR seizures in FY 2010 over FY 2009.  A shift in seizure at mail facilities and in the express shipping environment is a main driver for these changes. Continued growth of websites that sell counterfeit and piratical merchandise facilitate direct to consumer shipment of infringing goods.  Training by rights holders and coordination have helped CBP and ICE to step up enforcement efforts in this area.” Continue reading »

Mar 222011

A report written by the Property Rights Alliance’s Hernando de Soto Fellow Kyle Jackson,  and supported seven contributors and 67 “partner” organizations ranks 129 countries on property rights.  The rankings are broken into sub-rankings for physical property rights, intellectual property rights, and the “legal and political environment” of each country. Continue reading »