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Massive piracy industry in Brazil
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Brazil is one of the IFPI's top ten priority countries
Piracy in Brazil is a billion-dollar industry, says a long-awaited report which implicates politicians, judges, civil servants and police.

The new report recommends the creation of a national body to centralise information and intelligence about piracy operations in Brazil.

It also recommends a minimum sentence of over two years for piracy crimes.

Brazil is one of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries' (IFPI) priority countries.

Six out of every 10 music discs or cassettes sold in Brazil are pirate copies and the IFPI values the country's pirate market at $166m (91.5m).

One of the individuals targeted in the report by the specially-formed Congressional Investigatory Commission on Piracy (CPI) is Law Kin Chong, who is already in prison charged with allegedly attempting to bribe the chairman of the Congress committee.

Action

The report concluded that piracy in Brazil was heavily controlled by organised crime. It highlighted Taiwan's role as a leading manufacturer of pirate CDs.

It also called for the disbandment of Brazil's Inter-ministerial Committee to Fight Piracy, created three years ago, saying it had not achieved its aims.

The report was welcomed by the international recording industry and its Brazilian affiliate, APBD, who urged the government to act on the recommendations.

"The Brazilian Congress has played a crucial role in the fight against piracy in our country," said Paolo Rosa, director of Brazilian record industry association, APBD.

"Now it is up to the federal administration to take the Congress recommendations seriously and to implement action immediately," he added.




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