Companies discuss how to combat piracy

Representatives from different segments will propose solutions to the government to suppress crime

João Sorima Neto Jornal o Globo - 05/04/24

Sectors of the economy affected by piracy and counterfeit products are joining forces to intensify the fight against this type of crime, given the significant increase in cases in recent years.
In a meeting held yesterday in São Paulo, representatives of segments such as audiovisual, content producers, fuel and clothing, among others, began mobilization to work with the exchange of information and actions with public authorities, in order to show how piracy affects not only companies, but also the population.

— There are fewer public hospitals, or fewer jobs caused by tax evasion and counterfeit products or TV signal piracy, for example. Each sector has been doing its work, but the idea is that we can work together in the same direction to combat these illegalities — says André Dias, director of Institutional Relations and Special Projects at Globo, who organized the meeting.
The numbers collected by the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality
(FNCP) show that, in 2022, the illegal market grew 34,2% compared to 2021, causing losses of R$410 billion to the economy, involving tax evasion, sale of fake products, copyright infringement. The numbers were collected from 14 sectors, and the value corresponds to two and a half times the volume of resources that the government needs (R$ 168 billion) to close 2024 with zero deficit.
Edson Vismona, president of the FNCP, notes that the population needs to be aware that, by purchasing counterfeit cigarettes or adulterated fuel, they are financing organized crime and militias, which have been dominating these illegal activities.
— The union between affected sectors, society and public authorities is essential to combat this irregular market — says Vismona.