Mexican IP director: ‘Piracy is worse than drug trafficking’

Posted 30 April 2011 04:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

José Rodrigo Roque Díaz, the director of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI) said this week that combating piracy and copyright infringement is a  “much more important” issue facing Mexico than drug trafficking.

In an article posted at Spanish news site Radio Fórmula, Díaz stated piracy is “a brutal problem for Mexican society and the world.” Furthermore, he compared piracy to “the theft of a house or a vehicle.”

To put his claims into perspective, earlier this year Microsoft announced counterfeit copies of its ubiquitous Office software were being manufactured and sold in the country by the notorious “La Familia” drug cartel. In March a report titled “Media Piracy in Emerging Economies” alluded to the fact that in countries such as Mexico the price of software – when compounded with relatively low incomes – is a key motivating factor for content theft.

Mexican drug trafficking cartels have also made their way into the U.S., leading to increased violence in southern states and the spread of their reach.

Díaz’s concerns about his country’s piracy issues have drawn criticism from those who disagree with framing the crime as worse than drug trafficking, as the latter often has life-or-death implications.

The director admitted the country’s patent submissions are lacking. For every one million Mexicans, he said, only half a patent submission is filed. To boost that number, steps must be taken.

“We must always protect intellectual property, especially that which aims at innovation,” Díaz said.

An uphill battle considering the seemingly vicious combination of piracy, economic woes and lack of copyright protection.

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Posted on: 30 Apr 11 02:12
Anyone who things that Piracy is worse than drug trafficking is not just and idiot, they are a special kind of idiot.

Piracy hasn't killed anyone this year. This year alone in Mexico, hundreds of people have been killed by drug gangs and cartels.

Drug trafficing and the fight for control of drugs has lead to 28,000 mexicans killed since 2006. This excludes all the drug violence that occurs in the United States.

In my community, this year we have had several dozen shootings, close to a dozen murders that were drug and gang related.

This guy is a complete fool!
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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 30 Apr 11 02:26
The ironic thing is that if he told the truth the drug lords would probably kill him and his entire family for it. Mexico is a complete mess and, IMO, is in complete anarchy. Before long I expect the Mexican government will be asking the US to send in the hit squads to take down the drug lords like they did in Colombia with Escobar. If they don't we will probably send them in anyway.
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MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 30 Apr 11 02:33
There is a movement in Mexico now to deemphasize the drug war. Some are genuinely concerned with the violence tearing apart the country, but it is difficult to look from the outside and determine the motives of a government official saying something like this, which is so blatantly incorrect. Perhaps he is being "influenced" by the cartels, or is part of the opposition within the government. Whatever the motivation, no one can take his statement seriously.
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MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 30 Apr 11 05:14
What sort of drugs is this guy on??
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Posted on: 30 Apr 11 14:37
Yes Piracy kill!!!!! BS
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MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 01 May 11 14:11
Over 35k dead Mexicans in this drug war. I dare this idiot to open the books on one of these cartels and compare the revenue of drugs vs. piracy. Compare the money output of a drug addict vs. someone who buys counterfeit software and you tell me which is more.

I am thinking a new TV show, High School computer teacher goes "bad", enlists the help of his former student who is currently a software pirate and together they build a multi-million dollar counterfeit operation!
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