An alarming rise in piracy-driven job loss figures in Europe’s creative industries has been forecast by the International Chamber of Commerce’s BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy).
The study, conducted by independent Paris-based economics firm TERA Consultants, predicts job losses due to piracy to rise from 185,000 in 2008 to 1.2 million by 2015.
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"The research shows that the illicit use of the Internet has contributed to massive piracy of Europe’s creative works studied in the report," said Jeffrey Hardy, ICC BASCAP Coordinator.
"Digital piracy is sweeping through global markets for music, motion pictures and video, television programming, literature and software. In its wake, these creative industries suffer devastating economic losses and an assault on their ability to compensate artists and furnish legitimate employment opportunities.
"These dire consequences call for an urgent response by policymakers, consumers and the creative industry itself," he said.
The study shows that this sector is already experiencing substantial losses. In 2008 the creative industries most impacted by piracy (film, TV series, recorded music and software) experienced retail revenue losses of €10 billion and losses of more than 185,000 jobs due to piracy.
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