Pirate Software For Prison Term?

Via Reuters

Seems like the big guns in Europe are out to stomp out piracy, something which is still a problem in this country be it movie, music or software. The punishment? At least four years in prison and a €300,000 fine. So far, the ruling, which should be approved in place of existing laws throughout all member states is only looking at those items available commercially (physical property for sale), and not download via online services or P2P services.

One amazing figure coming out of China is that they reckon that 90% of their DVD/Music/Software market is pirated goods. Anyone got that figure for Ireland or know where to get it?


  1. Pavlos April 26, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    I know for a fact that people can get a pirated DVD in China anywhere between 0.50 and 1 euro… No surprise it’s 90%…

    The piracy rate for Ireland in 2004 was 41%… With a EU average of 35% I think.

    You could do a search for it over at http://europa.eu.int.

    Some outdated perhaps information can also be found at:


  2. Ken April 27, 2006 at 7:58 am

    41%… thats big enough in comparison to the EU average. Cheers for the links Pavlos… Interesting brief article there from ENN.

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