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Science and Innovation for a Better World: Media Piracy in Emerging Economies

June 1, 2011

Ottawa, Canada, June 1, 2011 – Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, a landmark study co-funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), made headlines around the world earlier this year. The controversial study determined that this “global scourge” was better described as a global pricing problem: high prices for media goods, combined with low incomes and cheap digital technologies. The report underscored that attempts to police piracy aren’t working and that, in some cases, global enforcement has led to unintended negative socio-economic consequences.

In a panel discussion at IDRC on June 3, three internationally renowned experts will discuss the implications of media piracy for the global economy. Media Piracy in Emerging Economies editor Joe Karaganis, from the American Assembly at Columbia University, and one of the researchers, Ronaldo Lemos, from Brazil’s Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas School of Law (who will appear via live stream), will be joined by technology law expert Michael Geist, from the University of Ottawa, to debate the issues as they relate to Canada and the world.

When: Friday, June 3, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, 150 Kent Street (Corner of Albert), 8th floor, Ottawa, ON

This event marks the launch of IDRC’s Science and Innovation for a Better World speakers series, which presents IDRC-funded researchers whose groundbreaking work in developing countries is shaping our common future.

Journalists and the public can join in the conversation through Twitter (#IDRC) and Facebook.

For more information and the live webcast, visit

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About IDRC
To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

For more information:

Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé
(+1 613) 696-2343

For more information contact:
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tass
Senior Media Advisor
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Phone: 1-613-696-2343

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