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Taking the Profit Out of Intellectual Property Crime: Piracy and Organised Crime

Ardi Janjeva, Alexandria Reid and Anton Moiseienko
Whitehall Reports, 8 March 2021
Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Organised Crime and Policing, AML/CTF, UK, Organised Crime, Technology
This Whitehall Report explores how criminals make money from piracy and provides recommendations on how the UK government, law enforcement and private sector stakeholders can decrease the profitability of doing so.

The distribution of copyright-infringing audio-visual content, also known as ‘piracy’, is a major profit-generating crime that offers significant opportunities for criminal gain. The idea that piracy is solely carried out by otherwise law-abiding, opportunistic individuals is no longer tenable. Piracy is an increasingly professionalised crime, yet the current response lacks the required urgency on numerous levels, from an incomplete understanding of pirate business models to the often low priority attached to tackling it by law enforcement agencies, regulators and online service providers and the limited awareness in the financial sector about intellectual property crime.

This report explores how criminals make money from piracy and provides recommendations for how the UK government, law enforcement and private sector stakeholders can decrease the profitability of doing so. Its recommendations are addressed to UK audiences, but almost all of them are internationally applicable. This is particularly true of those aimed at rights holders, the financial sector and online service providers working across multiple geographies.

BANNER IMAGE: Courtesy of Aliaksei/Adobe Stock.

Minor changes were made to the text on p. ix and p. 36 on 10 March 2021, and p. 10 on 19 March 2021.

Ardi Janjeva
Research Analyst

Ardi is a Research Analyst in organised crime and policing. His research currently focuses on the applications of intelligence and... read more

Alexandria Reid
Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience

Alexandria Reid is a Research Fellow in the Organised Crime and Policing team at RUSI, where her research focusses on... read more

Anton Moiseienko
Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

Anton Moiseienko is a Research Fellow at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. His current and recent work covers a... read more

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