Intellectual Property Theft at Scale

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence estimated in 2015 that intellectual property theft costs the U.S. economy $400 billion annually.

Here’s what $400 billion looks like in context.

States with GDPs less than $400 billion (2017)

StatesGDP (in Billions)
New Mexico388.4
Hawaii352.5
New Hampshire322.1
West Virginia307.2
Delaware294.2
Idaho287.5
Maine245.6
Rhode Island237.8
North Dakota222.0
Alaska211.2
South Dakota199.7
Montana192.4
Wyoming161.1
Vermont128.8

161 out of 168 countries have an annual GDP below $400 billion (as recognized by The World Bank).

$400 billion lost to IP infringement is the equivalent of:

  • 27 billion books sold ($15)
    That is 39.6 times larger than the entire print industry in 2016.
  • 44 billion movie tickets ($9.16)
    That’s more than the 43 billion movie tickets sold cumulatively since 1986.
  • 533 months (44 years) of premium subscriptions for the current 75 million Spotify users. ($9.99)
    1 month Spotify subscription for 75 million users ($749.25 million)

IP Theft is larger than the worldwide box office of the top 5 franchises…combined.

Movie FranchisesBillions of Dollars
Marvel Cinematic Universe16.856
Star Wars9.242
Harry Potter8.532
James Bond7.077
Lord of the Rings5.895

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Sources
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/72450-print-book-sales-rose-again-in-2016.html
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/
https://www.the-numbers.com/movies/franchises/sort/World
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/02/spotify-75-million-paid-subscribers-q1-2018/

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