Mexican IP Official: Infringement Is A More Serious Problem Than Drug Trafficking

from the say-what-now? dept

It’s no secret that Mexico has a huge drug trafficking problem. However, according to Jose Rodrigo Roque Diaz — the director of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property, that’s nothing compared to the real problem of intellectual property infringement (Google translation of the original Spanish, found via Copycense):

According to the director of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI), Jose Rodrigo Roque Diaz, piracy is not given due attention, which is equivalent to theft of a house or a vehicle.

So, already, you know you’re off to a bad start when someone can’t comprehend the difference between infringement and theft. But, seriously, I don’t think anyone can legitimately suggest that infringement in Mexico is a bigger issue than the illegal drug trade. I recognize that intellectual property maximalists have a long history of massively exaggerating nearly everything… but, it should at least pass the laugh test, shouldn’t it?

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chuck says:

Oh Noes! Piracy! send in the drones.

in a recent article…
The U.S. government has begun deploying drones into Mexico after Mexican officials requested U.S. aircraft to help them fight movie and music-trafficking organizations.

Although U.S. agencies remained tight-lipped recently on flying drones over Mexico, the chief of the Mexican National Security Council, Alejandro Poir?, admitted that his government asked for this type of support to gather intelligence.

sounds awkwardly familiar doesn’t it?

Mike Masnick (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I would much rather read his actual comments in Spanish than a translation replete with errors

Which is why I provided a link to the Spanish. However, I checked with a Spanish speaker, and they said the English translation is accurate.

Perhaps, in your rapid desire to criticize everything I post and support stronger copyright laws everywhere, you could give me the benefit of the doubt, just once.

Ron Rezendes (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Feel free to provide any corrections you might feel are important. Please understand you won’t be paid for your contribution. I understand this may cause you distress but honestly you won’t find much sympathy around here.

Just once I’d like to see you bring even a proposed solution with your complaining. My guess is that you don’t actually read or speak Spanish, and if you did but decided not to provide the corrections, you’re just a lazy whining pathetic troll who likes to read his own complaints.

Please crawl back under your bridge or post something worth reading.

Jay (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Not to say he’s being a shill but he might be bringing up a fair point.

The condition that the US drug policy on drugs has failed.

Yes, they’re real, brutal, and there are even odes to drug cartels.

We do need to look more into how to combat Prohibition but perhaps we can find a good way to finally stop the Mexican side of this drug war by legalizing and regulating in the US.

bshock (profile) says:

mexico is the future

About 25 years ago I lived in Mexico for a while. At the time, I was amazed and disoriented by its value system, where the non-wealthy were considered little more than cattle. Mexico had a relatively tiny, wealthy ruling class, a massive amount of poor people, and practically nothing a U.S. citizen would call a “middle class.” As far as I could tell, the role of the government and the police was to protect the wealthy from the poor.

Apparently that hasn’t changed. While drug trafficking may kill thousands of poor people in Mexico, these are exactly the people who don’t count. However, copyright infringement threatens the money of the wealthy, and that’s a big deal.

And isn’t that the direction the U.S. has been going for the last 25 years? The rich get richer, the poor multiply, and the middle class dwindles. Government is purchased by the wealthy to protect wealth. The authorities (police, FBI, TSA, etc.) become fat and arrogant and fearful in their harassment of non-wealthy citizens. The War on Drugs becomes nothing more than an excuse to arrest or kill the poor who don’t fall into line like good little cattle, waiting to be herded, milked, or slaughtered.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: mexico is the future

I completely agree with you. The U.S. is turning much into Russia, a nation that protects the wealthy at the expense of everything else.

Government imposed monopolies are what allow the wealthy to make most of their money and have the poor do most of the work. The media never criticizes our absurd IP laws, or any of the other many govt imposed monopolies, because the criticisms hit a nerve. They know that government imposed monopolies are what allows those without merit (those who do little work) to make make money off of others who do have merit. Govt imposed monopolies are the cause of the income inequality that unfairly favors the rich. They can’t bear the thought of relinquishing their main source of unearned income at the substantial expense of everyone else. Mentioning that these monopolistic laws are the main cause of our income inequality would be unacceptable, it could create public resistance that would curtail their unearned income. and so the monopolized media keeps this information out. They never even mention that they themselves benefit from govt imposed monopolies on cableco infrastructure and broadcasting spectra. Govt imposed monopolies that wrongfully prevent these sorts of criticisms from being distributed over these information channels.

bob (profile) says:

These drugs are largely open source

I’m not sure why you want to make the drug trade seem worse than movie and music piracy. The drugs are all generics made outside of patents. There’s no IP and no evil pharmaceutical reps. The drugs grow like weeds. The only artificial scarcity, one of your favorite bug-a-boos, is caused by government regulation not the drug community. So the drug trade seems pretty ideal if I judge by the comments around this place.

Given that you routinely offer some kind of vague opposition to piracy even while apologizing and defending anyone who partakes in it, I’m guessing that even this abstract notion of piracy is still worse than the open source world of illegal drugs.

Gwiz (profile) says:

Re: These drugs are largely open source

I’m not sure why you want to make the drug trade seem worse than movie and music piracy.

I dunno what you read – but, I don’t believe I have ever heard a story of innocent bystanders getting killed because their neighbors were downloading illegal content.

So yes, in my mind, the Mexican illegal drug trade is much, much worse than movie and music piracy.

bob (profile) says:

Re: Re: These drugs are largely open source

Ah, but just a few months ago the “czar of piracy” died from 16 stab wounds.

Or here’s another headline: “Video piracy takes bloody twist, youth pays with life “

As it becomes a bigger and bigger business, you can bet that the disputes will get worse. The new sites that charge for downloads are a far cry from Napster. It’s all about the monthly fees now.

Gwiz (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: These drugs are largely open source

Perhaps it was a mistake to use your words, “movie and music piracy” when I was referring to file sharing or copyright infringement, not counterfeiting.

Both of your links are about the illegal production of physical CD’s and DVD’s, or counterfeiting. I agree that counterfeiting of physical goods is a serious problem.

I also feel that conflating the counterfeiting of physical goods with copyright infringement is deceitful.

As it becomes a bigger and bigger business, you can bet that the disputes will get worse. The new sites that charge for downloads are a far cry from Napster. It’s all about the monthly fees now.

As for this part, I think you are jumping at shadows a bit here by comparing new business models in perhaps uncharted legal territory to organized crime.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: These drugs are largely open source

All the more reason to abolish IP.

If you don’t want infringement implemented with violence then make copying legal. If anything, it’s the copying prohibition that creates organized crime and violence, not the copying itself. Abolish the prohibition and the violence goes away.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

“you’d get more sense out of a complete idiot than from this guy!”

seems like a paradox

i mean he is a complete idiot isnt he?

“because the copyright industries payed me more to say that than the drug lords did.”

could also be “downloaders dont try to murder my family when i try to arrest them so maybe we should focus on that for awhile.”

p.s. punctuation goes inside of quotes

Huph (user link) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

^^^ Beat me to it.

Also, he’s incorrect. Only in the US do we absolutely force punctuation inside the quotes at all times. In “logical” or “British” grammar, the punctuation goes inside/outside based on the context.

US-style punctuation was a work-around foisted on us by none other than those monopolistic printing companies which were too lazy to reset the type after every printing.

“…because the copyright industries payed me more to say that than the drug lords did”.

However, since the “quoted” text wasn’t really a quote, I don’t know where this particular period should go. I’m not sure on the punctuation rules of FTFY-style quoting. I’d be interested to see if the issue has ever been taken up.

Anonymous Coward says:

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well i dont really like this page since rule 1 and rule 2 are in opposition to each other.

Rule 1. Periods and commas ALWAYS go inside quotation marks, even inside single quotes.

Rule 2. The placement of question marks with quotes FOLLOWS LOGIC. If a question is in quotation marks, the question mark should be placed inside the quotation marks.

emphasis mine, but Huph’s post explains this away. I went to a high school where my english teacher literally wrote the textbook, for our and some surrounding schools. He was always very adamant about this rule. He also hated the British so that might have something to do with it. I used to have a problem with it when I was quoting something that isn’t a question but the full sentence is, like:
“Did he really say, “my balls are like beach balls?”
I always wanted to put the ? outside but they eventually broke me.

I was unaware that the Brits have a different rule regarding this than us.

“In “logical” or “British” grammar”
never thought logical and British could be interchanged

Dirty Sanchez says:


Is this moron serious? What kool-aid drinking fantasy world does he live in?

Last I checked, roving gangs of IP infringers weren’t terrorizing the countryside and killing law enforcement officers… that was drug lord.

Of course, considering this complete idiot is probably on the bank roll of some drug cartel, I suspect we can afford him the same consideration we’d afford a babbling madman.

Lawrence D'Oliveiro says:

Mexican Drug Wars

There are two things fuelling the drug wars in Mexico: 1) the US, and 2) the US.

It is US customers with lots of money to buy the drugs. And it is US guns, freely available on that side of the border, which are being smuggled across to commit the carnage with.

Does the US have the will to do anything about either of these factors? No.

So, can Mexico stop the drug wars? No.

Difster (profile) says:

Drugs vs. Copied DVD's

You guys are all missing the point. I seriously doubt this guy believes what he’s saying. The LIKELY scenario is that he’s trying to curry favor with the cartels for some reason.

This guys knows what every other Mexican knows. The cartels are killing hundreds of people a month and piracy killed no one.

Also (and I know this because I live in Mexico right now) people openly sell copied DVD’s & CD’s on the street. I’ve even seen cops buy from these guys. No one cares. They don’t see a problem with it (nor do I). The video rental stores still do good business, Walmart still sells the real things, etc. No one is injured by this.

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