Piracy will make a million people jobless

A group of experts hired by an industry body claims that illegal downloading has a huge economic impact and could put more than one million people out of work by 2015.

A study into Internet piracy by a Paris-based consultancy claims that 1.2 million jobs in the European Union could be lost over the next five years if more is not done to clamp down on illegal downloading.

According to AP the report by TERA Consultants for the International Chamber of Commerce is fairly typical of the sort of information which comes out of the content industry and is designed to scare politicians into bringing in autocratic controls to prop up the failing industry.

The report points out that the content industry generated $US1.186 trillion and employed 14.4 million people in 2008. But in the same year, 10 billion euros and 186,000 jobs were lost to piracy.

Not surprisingly the report concludes that the situation will get worse “if something is not done” and up to 1.2 million jobs could be wiped out by 2015.

Piracy has a disproportionate impact on the creative industries, with musicians, actors and artists standing to lose the most from unfettered downloading.

Hmmm this is what the content industry claims and yet for some reason it ignored the fact that the biggest loses to online pirates are the music and film studios.

Agnete Haaland, the president of the International Actors’ Federation, which supported the study, said that the world “piracy” should be changed as it creates images of swashbuckling Johnny Depp. However it was a criminal criminal act which “makes it impossible to make a living from what you do.”

Really? Tell that to outfits like Apple which make a fortune flogging music and flicks to punters. Figures also show that “piracy” falls as the content industry pulls its finger out and adapts to new technology.

The study also failed to look at the possibly that new jobs would be created as the content industry starts flogging more of its products online. It just trotted out the same negative end of the industry scare stories that we keep seeing from content industry backed reports.