Accession Number : ADA497848


Title :   Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : RAND CORP ARLINGTON VA NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH DIV


Personal Author(s) : Treverton, Gregory F ; Matthies, Carl ; Cunningham, Karla J ; Goulka, Jeremiah ; Ridgeway, Gregory ; Wong, Anny


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a497848.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 183


Abstract : This monograph presents the findings of research into the involvement of organized crime and terrorist groups in counterfeiting a wide range of products, from watches to automobile parts, from pharmaceuticals to computer software. It presents detailed case studies from around the globe in one area of counterfeiting, film piracy, to illustrate the broader problem of criminal -- and perhaps terrorist -- groups finding a new and not-much-discussed way of funding their activities. Piracy is high in payoff and low in risk, often taking place under the radar of law enforcement. The case studies provide compelling evidence of a broad, geographically dispersed, and continuing connection between film piracy and organized crime, as well as evidence that terrorist groups have used the proceeds of film piracy to finance their activities. Counterfeiting is a threat not only to the global information economy, but also to public safety and national security. Cooperation among law enforcement and governments around the world is needed in the battle against intellectual-property theft, and meaningful progress will require increased political will, strong legislation, consistent enforcement, deterrent sentencing, and innovative solutions. Increased global intelligence-gathering and sharing is needed to further illuminate the scope and nature of the connections between piracy and organized crime, and policy makers and law enforcement agencies worldwide should reexamine the common but erroneous assumption that counterfeiting is a victimless crime.


Descriptors :   *ORGANIZATIONS , *CRIMES , *TERRORISM , *VIDEO TAPES , *LAW ENFORCEMENT , *MOTION PICTURES , *FINANCE , SPAIN , LEGISLATION , COOPERATION , ARGENTINA , CRIMINALS , BRAZIL , PARAGUAY , DETERRENCE , MEXICO , SMUGGLING , SOUTH ASIA , HONG KONG , MALAYSIA , NEW YORK(NEW YORK) , UNITED KINGDOM , CRIMINAL CORRUPTION , RUSSIA , ITALY , CASE STUDIES , JAPAN , CANADA , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , TERRORISTS , CHINA


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE