Could all those efforts to curb online piracy be misdirected? A report from the UK Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (Sabip) claims that offline file-sharing – swapping memory sticks, hard drives and CD-Rs – could be as big a threat to the creative industries as online file-sharing. “There’s a whole big question here around what is happening offline digitally, the swapping of discs and data in that world,” says board member Dame Lynne Brindley. “There’s a lot of it going on.” However, Sabip points out that there is precious little research into exactly how much of this offline file-sharing is going on. Source: Guardian
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