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Media Piracy in Emerging Economies — Panel discussion

03/06/2011, IDRC, W. David Hopper Room A, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON


Computer software or music CDs can cost five to 10 times more in Brazil or South Africa than in North America and Europe. 

The combination of high-priced media goods and low incomes, along with cheap digital technologies, allows media piracy to flourish in emerging economies — for example, it’s estimated that 90% of India’s movies are pirated.
In a landmark study co-funded by IDRC, 35 researchers examine music, film, and software piracy in emerging markets. Media Piracy in Emerging Economies finds that despite industry’s success in pushing anti-piracy legislation, ramped up global enforcement and educational awareness-raising efforts have been ineffective, and are leading, in some cases, to unintended negative socio-economic consequences. The report offers alternative, multi-dimensional, multi-country accounts of media piracy and provides an in-depth dynamic picture of the problem, in contrast to industry studies, which the report argues is crucial for policy decisions.
Join us as we examine the report’s findings and the implications for the global economy. The report’s editor Joe Karaganis, and one of the researchers, Ronaldo Lemos, will be joined by technology law expert Michael Geist for a compelling discussion on the issue as it relates to Canada and the world.

When: Friday, June 3, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, W. David Hopper Room A, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON
  • Joe Karaganis, Vice President, The American Assembly, Columbia University
  • Ronaldo Lemos,  Director, Center for Technology and Society, Fundação Getúlio Vargas School of Law, Rio de Janeiro (appearing via live stream)
  • Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
IDRC Vice President Lauchlan Munro will moderate the panel.
This event is free but seating is limited, so please register
This event marks the launch of IDRC’s Science and Innovation for a Better World speakers’ series, which presents IDRC-funded researchers whose ground-breaking work in developing countries is shaping our common future.
French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
If you can’t join us in person, watch the live webcast at (at 14:00, Ottawa time). Questions may be submitted during the talk and will be answered as time permits. There is no need to register to join the webcast.

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