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Publishing, book piracy cancels 13 thousand jobs

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Publishing, book piracy cancels 13 thousand jobs

“Just today we concluded the” Ghost Book “operation against a criminal organization based in Calabria, active throughout the national territory, dedicated to the production, sale and distribution of counterfeit editorial material”. Behind it was an illicit market that produced gains of around 1.5 million.
The brigadier general and commander of the special goods and services unit of the Guardia di Finanza, Renzo Nisi, said it “live”, speaking in Rome at the meeting organized by Aie and Fieg in which the second research on piracy was presented in the world of the book, commissioned by the AIE to the Ipsos research institute.

One-off “pirate” over one in three Italians

A precautionary custody measure in prison, two people under house arrest, 6 sites blacked out and more than 1.5 million euros seized thus represent the algebraic proof of a phenomenon against which we fight as in what may also appear to be a fatigue. of Sisyphus, but very necessary. Because the numbers are there to remind you that there are no alternatives to working to eradicate the phenomenon of editorial piracy. The numbers, moreover, are monstrous.

Pirated books cost the sector 771 million in lost turnover and the loss of 5,400 direct jobs. By also counting the related industries, we go much further. Missing here are 1.88 billion euros (322 million to the tax authorities alone) and 13,100 jobs. This is the blow to the business of the sector, behind which there is also the bitter observation of the fact, photographed by the Ipsos research, that over one in three Italians (35% of the population over 15 years old) has committed at least one act of piracy editorial in the last year.

Specifically, 23% have downloaded an ebook or audiobook for free at least once from illegal sites or sources on the Internet, 17% received at least one ebook from friends or family, 7% received at least one photocopied book from friends or acquaintances, 6% received a subscription or access codes from friends to use ebooks and audio books, 5% bought at least one photocopied book.

But where are the “pirates” to be looked for?

The peak is recorded among university students and professionals. In the first case, 8 out of 10 have committed at least one act of piracy during the year. In the universe of freelancers (lawyers, notaries, accountants, engineers, architects and others) the percentage stands at 56%, with an average of 9.3 acts each. In the end, the sad accounting of the research indicates 322 thousand acts of piracy per day in 2021: an increase of 5% compared to 2019.

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