Brazil second only to U.S. and Russia in illegal audiovisual consumption

A combination of the size of the national market, one of the world's largest, and the ease with which digital technology has become available to pirates has led to Brazil becoming so vulnerable to piracy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The increase in internet connections has brought benefits and convenience to Brazilians, but has been associated with a serious side effect in the field of copyrights: the growth of audiovisual piracy.

According to the most recent estimates by the Brazilian Cinema Agency (ANCINE), annual losses are projected at R$9.7 (US$1.8) billion for the pay-TV market, R$3.9 billion for the film and series segment, and R$2 billion in tax revenue. And the rate is growing: in the pay TV sector alone, losses have been mounting between R$700 million . . .

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