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Paramilitary organisations are behind 80% of IP crime in Northern Ireland.
Of all pirate and counterfeit products seized in Northern Ireland, pirate DVDs form the largest product type.
According to a 2003 Interpol report on ‘The Links Between Intellectual Property Crime and Terrorist Financing’, “trafficking in counterfeit goods is a relatively easy criminal activity. A terrorist could make profit solely from the sale of counterfeit or pirated goods and does not need to be involved in the actual production or fabrication. Thus, there are relatively low entry costs and the illicit profit margins are high.
One estimate is that the profits from counterfeiting are similar to drugs trafficking; there is a return of 10 Euros for each 1 Euro invested. Other estimates are that counterfeiting is more profitable than drugs trafficking, one kilo of pirated discs is worth more than one kilo of cannabis resin.
Originally posted by Durden
Honestly this arbitrary use of the description 'terrorism' has gotten way out of hand.
The 'terrorist' is the modern day bogeyman.