Software and media piracy costs U.S. businesses as much as US$58 billion a year. Will the U.S.'s anti-piracy report announced last week do any good? If not, what will?

Posted by Lauren Keane on April 30, 2008 11:54 AM


Ibsen Martínez is a Venezuelan playwright and novelist. A former telenovela writer based in Caracas, he is now a freelance writer and regular contributor to a number of newspapers, magazines and websites in both Spanish and English. He writes a weekly column for the Caracas daily "Tal Cual." Spanish language newspapers such as Madrid's "El País" and "ABC" as well as Buenos Aires's "La Nación" run his articles on a regular basis. His essays on literary and political subjects have appeared in prestigious magazines such as "La Nouvelle Revue Françoise", Mexico's " Letras Libres", Washington's "Foreign Policy" and The Washington Post's "Outlook" magazine. He also writes a monthly column on Latin American economic issues for the Liberty Fund's website, "Econlib Library (

When Governments Become Pirates

When government's high-ranking officials condone these illicit activities, it is hard to imagine what U.S. agencies can do about it.

Posted by Ibsen Martinez Venezuela | 20 COMMENTS
May 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Companies, Get Used To Piracy

Companies that aren’t flexible enough to see opportunity in a world market are headed for a wake-up call.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 4 COMMENTS
May 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Piracy Efforts Good for Business, Bad For Everyday People

Good luck to the U.S. government with the anti-piracy plan – although I won’t be sorry if it fails.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 0 COMMENTS
Apr 30, 2008 at 10:11 AM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

Israel's IPR Irony

It's ironic that Israel is on the worst-offender list of those stealing American creative talent.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 64 COMMENTS
Apr 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM


» D Hodara | In my opinion, after having observed the very rapid progress of technology, particularly in the last decade, it should be impossible to refrain fraud ...
» Quico T | There's more to this problem than meets the eye, though, Ibsen. Certainly, protecting intellectual property is a major priority for big technology-p...
» Stop Wasting Our Tax Money | First off, that study was funded using OUR TAX DOLLARS paid to a company that is financially dependant on folks like RIAA. If that isn’t biased repor...

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