Assessing the True Size and Scope of Online Piracy

September 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2013) - The Internet has been a key driver of global growth while also providing consumers with vastly more choice and convenience. However, it has also enabled the growth of digital piracy which has had significant negative implications for the production of creative works, fair compensation for artists and legitimate rights holders, and the economy as a whole.

To better assess the nature and scope of online piracy, how it has adapted to new technologies and business models, and what can be done to address it, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, September 17 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 4185. "The Size and Shape of Online Piracy" will include introductory remarks from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chairs of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus.

"Piracy involves the unauthorized distribution of music, movies, TV programs, books and software, to the detriment of creative artists and legitimate rights holders and workers in the content industry," notes Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. "These practices threaten not only the incentives to produce digital content but U.S. jobs."

Industry analyst David Price, Head of Piracy Intelligence at NetNames, will unveil a new study at the event which examines the size and scope of global Internet piracy, including an analysis of its impact on broadband networks, the number of users downloading infringing content, and current trends in monetizing these illicit digital goods. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the impact of piracy on creative works and business enterprises, moderated by Atkinson and featuring Price, Sandra Aistars, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, and Morgan Reed, Executive Director of the Association for Competitive Technology.

"To make effective decisions, policymakers need to have a firm understanding of the facts about the extent and nature of online piracy," Atkinson adds. "This event will provide much needed data to help clarify trends and assess the current environment."

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at

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