Hollywood blames movie piracy for terrorism

A study funded by The Motion Picture Association, the European counterpart to the Motion Picture Association of America, concluded that film piracy contributes to terrorism.

Here’s a snippet from Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism:

Moreover, three of the documented cases provide clear evidence that terrorist groups have used the proceeds of film piracy to finance their activities. While caution must be exercised in drawing broad conclusions from limited evidence, further investigation is a timely imperative. These cases, combined with established evidence for the broader category of counterfeiting-terrorism connections, are highly suggestive that intellectual-property theft — a low-risk, high-profit enterprise — is attractive not only to organized crime, but also to terrorists, particularly opportunistic members of local terrorist cells.

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