Today, the newly created Coalition of Creators and Content Industries, composed by EGEDA, PROMUSICAE, SGAE, ADIVAN, ADICAN and FAP, was presented publicly with the results of a Report about Piracy in the Content Industry carried out by Gfk Emer.
Data do not give the benefit of the doubt: in Spain today, there are as many people who access to music, films, videogames or TV series through illegal ways (free download without respecting author and intellectual property rights) as legally.
The report states while there are about 12,629,000 people who buy music, films or videogames in stores or large retail outlets, there are other 12,562,000 people who download cultural works free from P2P platforms or buy it in the ‘top manta’.
To be precise, the report estimated at 8,777,000, the 67 percent of Internet surfers, the quantity of people who download music, films or videogames from platforms that infringement author and intellectual property rights. Applying the same projection to film, programs or videogames, the number of people who download works is established as 7,082,000 for films, 2,072,000 for programs and 1,488,000 for videogames.
In the data presentation, José Manuel Tourné, on behalf of the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries, said: “The Government has a great responsibility defending the intellectual property and fighting against Internet piracy. We need to make people aware of the present situation, we need a better legal framework and Administration's determined will to apply the laws”.
Among the fundamental aims of the Coalition it highlights the promotion of legislative changes that guarantee the respect of intellectual property and the fight against piracy; to get the Government leads the fight against piracy as a commitment with creation sector and to reach an agreement with Internet services providers in order to fight against piracy. It also tries to guarantee the users of the services to respect intellectual property.
Spain, worldwide piracy centre
Spain is one of the worldwide piracy centres. During the last five years, the volume of illegal digital downloads undergo a noticeable increase. SGAE informs that an average of 30 files are downloaded every second, that is, works, songs, films, games and chapters of TV series.
Other data indicate that in Spain a 58 porcen of Internet surfers have as principal activity to download music and a 52 percent, films, opposite to European average that is in 30 percent.
From today, it is taking place the week for everybody's rights in Internet, summoned by the Coalition. Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th June, in Instituto Cervantes, at 12.00 p.m., it will be developed a meeting of the sector in which a message to the Government will be sent and a manifesto against Internet piracy will be read. The ceremony will be presented by the humorist and scriptwriter Javier Viega and the actress Fanny Gautier, and it will be attended, among others, by the producer Agustín Almodóvar, the author and artist Antonio Carmona, the Paramount General Director and writer Jorge Molist, or Coque Martín, from the group Los Vengadores. On Thursday 19th June, in the Film Academy, at 9.30 a.m., the International Seminar about the Future of Intellectual Property in Internet will be developed, and it will be attended by John Kennedy (worldwide Chairman of IFPI – record industry) and Dennis Olivennes (French Government commissioner for the intellectual property agreement). The minister of industry will close the event.