About Anti-Piracy

The loss to the recording industry cannot only be calculated in monetary measures. The decreased revenue for record companies ultimately lowers the possibility of investing in new music and artists.

The cultural industries receive no contribution from the sales of pirated products.

Only those recordings which are already commercially successful will be sold in pirate markets.

There are no revenue base from pirates to support the development of new artists and composers.

Consumers will be the ultimate victims due to decreased revenues and hence, less opportunities for new choices of music.

Physical Piracy: The Anti-Piracy Team

IFPI Hong Kong Group (IFPI HKG) coordinates a team of investigators who work with enforcement agencies to tackle the problem.

Function of the Team:

The team of investigators do not have powers of arrest, but work with other intellectual property owners (e.g. film, games, software) to support law enforcement agencies (Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department) to provide expert verification and provision of evidence.

IFPI HKG provides legal support to its members and enforcement agencies and training for the law enforcement and government agencies who carry out at prosecutions.

Types of Piracy:
  • Piracy is the unauthorized duplication of existing legitimate sound recordings. Pirated products are usually recognizable by a combination of low price, poor quality of the insert cards and graphics and often by the absence of major record company names or logos.
  • Bootlegging is the unauthorized recording of either an artists live concert (usually known as an underground recording) or of a live performance broadcast on radio or television. Many bootlegs are recorded at live concerts using a portable cassette recorder, or even taped directly from the console by tapping into the concert venue sound system. Bootlegs usually do not include the name or trademark of the performer legitimate recording company.
  • Counterfeiting is the unauthorized duplication not only of the sound recording but also of the graphics, including original artwork, logo, trademark and packaging of legitimate recordings. A counterfeit contains the same tracks of a legitimate release, however, the sound quality may be inferior.