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11 March 2009

Barrett calls for a change in film piracy legislation

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has called for the Government to rethink the piracy laws currently regulating Britain’s film industry. 

According to NBC Universal, for every one legitimately downloaded film from the internet, 600 are downloaded from illegal sites.  At the same time, a report published by Europe Economics in December 2008 estimates that 800,000 jobs in the creative industries are at risk as a result of file sharing. 

Mr Barrett is calling for a change in the laws regulating film piracy, highlighting the fact that the existing provision to prosecute film pirates under the Fraud Act 2006 is simply not doing the job.  The Government should take action to impose legislation whereby taking a camcorder into a cinema to record a film is a criminal offence.  At present camcording in cinemas proves difficult to prosecute under existing legislation and accounts for some 90% of first-release fake DVDs seized and film files on the internet. No pirate should be able to take a camcorder into a cinema and escape prosecution.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday Mr Barrett commented, “In parliament it is our duty to ensure that we react quickly to changes in technology and in the criminal world to ensure that this important industry receives the protection and support that it deserves from its law-makers.”

Furthermore, the revenue reaped by film pirates often remains among black market traders, funding organised crime, human trafficking and importing drugs.  As if the effect illegally acquired films have on the creative industry isn’t incentive enough to have the law changed, then curbing the funds of criminals should be.

Piracy. It's a crime.

Piracy. It's a crime.

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