Losses to Book Publishing Industry in India in 2011

In 2011, book publishers in India lost up to $387,000 (20 Million Indian Rupees) to book piracy. In the first three months of 2012, almost half that amount was estimated to have been lost to piracy. In the city of Bangalore, the Central Crime Branch believes that there are over 20 underground chains of book piracy groups who copy books and sell them on the black market. Up to 5 pirated books groups enter the industry each year. Authorities seized over 50,000 pirated copies of books in 2011 across the country.

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Seizures of Unlicensed Books in Pakistan

During raids conducted in December 2011, authorities seized over 100,000 pirated books in Pakistan, with a majority of the book being seized in the city of Lahore. Every year, the government of Pakistan losses up to $221 Million (20 Billion Pakistan Rupees) in tax revenue due to the pirating of intellectual property within the country.

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Pirated Ebooks Downloaded in 2011

At the end of 2011, an estimated 20 percent of all ebooks downloaded on to e-readers were believed to have been pirated. In the United Kingdom, the Publishers Associated issued 115,000 legal notices to websites who were offering free pirated copies of books, an increase of 130 percent from the number of notices sent out in 2010.

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