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Declaring that 750,000 Americans are out of work because of intellectual property piracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging President Bush to sign legislation creating a cabinet-level copyright czar to oversee expanded IP enforcement efforts.
But the origin of that 750,000 number -- which was included Thursday in a Chamber of Commerce lobbying letter (.pdf) to the president -- is a mystery.
In an e-mail, chamber spokesman Alex Burgos provided a link to a Sept. 21, 2005 statement from then-Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez citing the 750,000 figure.
And then there's the same number again appearing on a 2007 joint U.S. Department of Commerce-U.S. Chamber of Commerce press release. A link on the press release goes to the Commerce Department's trademark division dealing with small business. Atop the website is this flash message we captured with a screenshot:
In America, DVDs average $15.00 - cheaper than a sandwich for dinner. DVDs fly off the shelves here and are included in the checkout isles of Walmart as IMPULSE items.CDs by comparison are around $15.00 also - the problem? 45 min (or less) of music does not compare to 120 minutes of full motion video plus extras. To remain competitive, CDs need to charge a price point in line with movies. About $5.00 US. Albums cost less to produce than movies. Albums have more potential buyers than movies. There is no way that the music industry can justify their current pricing structure.If the music industry drops their prices, pirates will abate. CD sales will climb. Revenue will increase. Don't believe me? Ask anyone in high school economics.
oh, on the software side, how many jobs have been *created* because young poor people were able to download photoshop and learn it like they never could've if they'd had to buy every copy the right way? same goes for any other high-end pro-product.