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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > P2P May Result in 1.2m Jobs Loss in Europe

P2P May Result in 1.2m Jobs Loss in Europe

P2P May Result in 1.2m Jobs Loss in Europe

Added: Saturday, March 27th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) of the International Chamber of Commerce carried out the research to find out where an alarming rise in piracy would lead those working in the field of entertainment.

Unsurprisingly, the report claims that creative industries of the European Union are supposed to lose around €240 billion over the next 5 years and over 1.2m jobs if there won’t be any considerable policy changes made in order to solve the problem. The report takes into account both direct and indirect economic effects to such participants of the market as computer retailers and manufactures of musical and recording instruments.


Provided that BASCAP’s aim is to fight copyright infringement, the study will surely call for stricter measures to be taken towards infringers. Nevertheless, it would be quite interesting to know what it predicts.

The main figures concern job losses and lost revenue. According to the report, the number of people losing their jobs will reach 1.2m by 2015 (compare to 185,000 in 2008) and losses will amount to €240 billion. The most interesting part in that BASCAP mostly blame the Internet for this. They came to such conclusion by analyzing the predictions of broadband penetration and forecasts of Internet traffic and then combining the figures with BASCAP’s current piracy effects estimations.

That means that their estimate is just guesswork, already misstated towards the current situation, let alone 5-year time forward.

BASCAP consider digital piracy to affect global data, music and movies markets, including TV programming, software and literature. Thus creative industries bear economic losses and lose the ability to pay artists and offer them legal employment. Such consequences are alarming, attracting the attention of consumers and authorities, and indicating the demand for policy changes.

This is where the report comes just funny. It includes a variety of sectors having absolutely nothing to do with infringing, such as art fairs, architecture, retail sale of TV sets, players and even photocopying equipment!

Considering all this, one shouldn’t wonder why they come up with the figure of 1.2m lost jobs! But, actually, suggesting the considerable policy changes like filtering and “three-strikes” in order to help photocopier manufacturers is a mere absurd, isn’t it?

March 27th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-27 12:21:28)
Dare_Bear23 avatarIs it just me, or are they full of sh!t. Absolutely shocking.

Thanks SaM, nice read.

posted by (2010-03-27 12:23:36)
heatkarma avatari smell bs thanks for the read

posted by (2010-03-27 13:02:15)
katep avatarhow can there be job loses the movie and music industry post record profits for last year

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-03-27 14:00:52)
Big_A_Little_A avatarNice read SaM,many thanks.

If they are that concerned,why dont the look to the future and start retraining these people,to actually do some worthwhile research and come up with some actual correct predictions and figures instead of these "fairy tale" ones,that are made up to scaremonger industry's and governments to combat the scourge of the so called "pirates" who do the industry more good than harm!

posted by (2010-03-27 15:00:30)
batkid avatarEek! I hope no photocopier salesmen get made unemployed because of me watching a CAM of "The Crazies"!!!!

posted by (2010-03-27 19:03:19)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avataryeah that is some BS.

posted by (2010-03-27 20:41:14)
kingtiger01 avatarits amazing how much BS can come out of these organisations, now if we asked them if they would state all of there Income resources. Lets see how long they would try and BS then.

posted by (2010-03-28 00:16:15)
No avatargreat read sam. in my opinion they falisify info and studies liek this so they have some1 to blame to make their pockets fatter. and as far as entertainment goes ill never pay to make some1 elses pocket fat. i guess when that happens everything i have saved it the only entertainment ill have. :lol: theres plenty of fishing, hunting and camping to do. not to mention most of its pretty much free.

posted by (2010-03-28 00:58:48)
macbeth avatarwot a lot of horse poo, media lies once again

posted by (2010-03-28 02:31:20)
BenjaWiz avatarhaha their using piracy as a reason to fire people I knew this was coming only a matter of time because the greedy are getting greedier.

posted by (2010-03-28 02:32:03)
BenjaWiz avatarSad how greedy some are on this planet damn shame it is.

posted by (2010-03-28 03:56:17)
No avatarhmmmm....I just watched a news report that stated the industry is now charging 10-30% more for 3D movies; average family of four, popcorn and a beverage over a $100.00 US. Are you serious! In case the industry didn't notice the REST of us are still feeling the sting of the world wide recession. OK kids, what will it be this month, heat, electricity, bread or Clash of the Titans in 3D? Give me a break already!!!!

posted by (2010-03-28 15:40:18)
Mandelbrot avatarRecord profits for the industry! They are using P2P as an excuse to push legislation through that can only result in one thing.......The ability to spy on users(even none P2P) and control the future of freedom of speech on the net.....P2P is just the beginning people-ITS ALL ABOUT CONTROL.......Check out youtube(while you still can) The death of the internet...New World Order coming to a your home soon!!!!!!

posted by (2010-03-29 04:16:34)
blackwolf411 avatarThanks Sam,

posted by (2010-03-29 05:17:07)
cyberartist avatarThanks SaM

This is absolute bullshit! Give me a couple of days and I could come up with a study and figures which would show how P2P increases job growth and stimulates economies by encouraging extra hardware and software purchases - the outlay of expenditure for internet connections and ISPs - the addition of more peripherals and etc. ad nauseum.
With a little flair and creativity - I could even stretch it to prove how P2P is responsible for employing thousands of new young workers annually in the third world hardware factories and is therefore responsible for an increase in population. I suppose we will be responsible for global warming next!
Keep em coming SaM - and thanks again.

posted by (2010-03-30 02:57:27)
darcman avatarya thats bullshit, almost had me for a sec
and you could take it one step, what about all the people, law firms, etc, that are employed trying to fight a losing piracy battle, power to the people matey

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