Friday, June 23, 2006

Piracy is a cost of business

Lord PuttnamFilm director Lord Puttnam has a rather more sensible approach to copyright infringement than you normally get from the content industries (via Open Rights Group):

Let's stick with China and the billion people, and the fact that they have the Beijing Olympics. Where should my concerns lie? That 15m Chinese people (and I'm making the numbers up) might be attracted to buying a legal copy of 'Chariots of Fire'? Or that 200m of them might rip it off and not pay for it? I'll take the 15m, thank you very much indeed. I won't sue the 200m, I'll go through the protection process, obviously. But I'd rather have the opportunity to sell to 15m people than, because of fear of piracy, say we won't operate in that country.

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