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Pirates’ booty call

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Being born in the U.S. and raised in Southeast Asia, I have seen how bad the effects of software and hardware piracy can be.

Being an independent filmmaker myself, I have seen how not only the international film and music industry had suffered from the piracy of their distributed products, but the local filmmakers, music producers, software companies and talented artists have suffered severely as well.

Knowing that I could not make a profitable living, doing the work I love, and after researching the various problems of piracy for the past few years in Southeast Asia. I decided to return to the U.S. in order to gain support for the protection of U.S. copyright laws in Southeast Asia, where most of the software and hardware is being mass-produced.

Executives in telecommunications, computers, music and the movie business do not realize how far pirates are willing to go.

They should realize that it all goes down to supply and demand and that their problems are symbiotic and interrelated. When there is a demand for a bootlegged copy of a movie, a consumer not concerned with the issue of quality and warranty would definitely ask: Why couldn’t I get a bootlegged copy of a music album? A CD, VHS, CD-ROM or DVD?

When this happens, pirates will always be there to cater to these demands.

Saint Louis, Mo.

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