March 6, 2009BollywoodD CompanyDawood IbrahimEconomyfilm industryIndiaintellectual propertyjihadismoviesmusicorganised crimePakistanpiracySecurityterrorism

Those bloodstained DVDs

You can fight terrorists too—by refusing to buy pirated discs.

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

If you buy pirated DVDs,” says RAND Corporation’s Greg Treverton, there is a good chance that at least part of the money will go to organized crime and those proceeds fund more-dangerous criminal activities, possibly terrorism” (linkthanks Yossarin). Quite obviously, The Acorn agrees. The RAND study sheds more light on the links between content piracy and terrorism across the world. This link is specially relevant in our part of the world which has a major film and music industry, weakly enforced anti-piracy laws, expanding terrorist networks and nonchalant public mores when it comes to respect for intellectual property rights.

See this archived post how Indians unwittingly give money to the terrorists who kill their fellows when they purchase pirated DVDs.

Many a time in recent years, and especially after the November 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, ordinary citizens asked what they could do—as individuals—to fight the terrorists. Well, here’s something that could be pretty effective: stop buying pirated DVDs. Now can someone turn this into a popular campaign?

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