The music and film industries in Brazil are combining their anti-piracy efforts. The music industry's APDIF and the film industry's ADEPI have formed the Associacao Antipirateria Cinema and Musica (APCM).

"Seeking strategic partnerships to achieve common goals is part of our approach to fighting piracy and defending intellectual property rights," says Iain Grant, IFPI worldwide head of enforcement. "This is a step forward for recording industry rights holders in Brazil."

Brazil is one of the major pirate markets in the world, with more than one billion music tracks illegally downloaded each year. Counterfeit discs account for up to half of all CDs and DVDs sold in the country. The piracy especially affects Brazilian composers, artists and producers as local repertoire accounts for 75% of the music market.

Pirate products cost the Brazilian economy 2 million jobs per year and reduce tax revenues by $15 billion, according to the Brazilian National Anti-Piracy Council.

"Piracy in Brazil is undermining the ability of the music and film industries to invest in the next generation of local talent," says Antonio Borges, the new APCM's general director. "The music and film industries are teaming up to help the police in their investigations into the criminal gangs involved in both physical and online piracy."

"We are enthusiastic about this union, the first of its kind in Latin America and the first in a country with a market both as large and as with as much potential as Brazil" says John Malcolm, VP for worldwide anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "We firmly believe that by uniting forces in Brazil, we will be able to leverage greater results than either entity could achieve on its own."

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