When it comes to making sure businesses do not have their ideas stolen or copied, the best way to get around this is to make sure copywrite laws are adhered to.
For example, the USA is one of the world’s most lucrative countries when it comes to releasing blockbuster hit movies of chart breaking music records.
As a result, the country has always been one of the driving forces behind a global push to encourage the introduction or even force copyright as well as digital property right laws.
For quite some time now, the US economy has suffered from instability with global and domestic trade growth at its slowest for over 4 decades.
One of the industries that suffers from billions of dollars’ worth of losses is its huge entertainment engine.
Although still very powerful and one of the country’s most lucrative markets, the US government feels that it can improve the income the industry pulls in through royalties on a global basis.
If the USA can encourage more countries to take copyright laws seriously, even a 5% worldwide decrease in copyright infringements could increase revenue in the entertainment industry by a billion dollars.
It makes sense that US would want to bolster the industries income as there are thousands of jobs in the entertainment industry, and any cash injection would boost employment and tax revenues.
It must be said that when it comes to looking after their own, the US does not hold back with its intentions clear.
One of the issues the US has is that most internet service providers in foreign countries do not forbid the use the use of torrents.
Currently Cambodia, once a French colony, was the target as its VPN torrent has been identified as a breach of copyright laws.
Generally, Cambodians do not have the money to buy expensive DVDs or subscribe to online movie channels, so the only way for citizens to watch the latest movies is to use torrent sites.
If you are lucky enough to experienced Cambodia at any point in your life, then a walk through one of the capital of Phenom Penh’s street markets will reveal a huge underground trade selling copied music and DVDs.
This is not an uncommon site in most Asian or Middle Eastern countries and is something the US are trying to crack down on.
Cambodia has responded in kind and has created its own department of intellectual property rights.
However, the activity in the streets continues. However, surely there are better countries than Cambodia as the 5% target for a global reduction in copyright abuse set by the US surely should not include countries such as Cambodia.
Just looking around the streets of urban Cambodia and it is very clear that there is not much of a middle class. People are either very poor or very wealthy.
Saying that, it is a global push and so countries such as Cambodia will get caught up as will Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines – other South East Asian countries with bustling street markets with stores full of copies movies and music.
Some stores in SEA even have catalogues from which you can order the albums and movies you want, leave them with your storage device, and when you return your order has been transferred to your device.
Many of these stores are getting their downloads using a VPN.
In French speaking countries Laos and Cambodia, they openly advertise VPN pour torrent, which is French software that can be used to bypass any restrictions set by internet service providers to restrict people from using torrent software or accessing torrent websites.
Thailand has already taken measures to make torrenting difficult with some its top internet service providers such as True Internet placing restrictions on their network that prevents people from using torrent software.
This coincided with the introduction of Netflix into the country, so there is a good chance the movie giant also played a hand in encouraging Thai internet providers to put in motion a plan to make torrenting a much harder activity in the country.
For now, there are still plenty of ways to download torrents, but as the USA tries to force its own measures across countries that have nothing to do with it just so it can benefit expect free movies and music to be more difficult to entertain in the coming future.