Friday, May 05, 2006

Pirates of the Barbary Coast Revisited

In yesterday's post, I indicated that approximately 75% of all cds and dvds circulating in Morocco were pirated. I confess that at the time, I thought the number rather low and those fortunate few who know my true identity have expressed equal disbelief. In my defence, the information came from Communication Minister Nabil Ben Abdellah - so really, my only sin is gullibility. Shame on me.

My colleagues and I are of the opinion that this number was low-balled by the Minister in order to save face and, after considerable deliberation, feel that a more true representation of the situation in Morocco is thus:

94.8% of all cds are pirated
100% of all dvds are pirated.

Pace Mr. Ben Abdellah.


Blogger ByronB said...

We had a pirated dvd - the sound was AWFUL and there was someone with big hair 3 seats in front which got in the way, to say nothing of the trekking to and fro of large shadows as people went out for popcorn and icecream.
I imagine it's a bit like going to a drive-in during the foggy season where the sound system doesn't work.
Shiver me timbers!

9:23 p.m.  
Anonymous chrisso said...


It's nice to see the bootleg DVD's or videos that have the image of the low battery power indicator visible on the screen. Which, of course, is from the Video Camera that is being focused on the TV screen to "tape" the movies.

What I don't understand is why are there no other alternatives in some countries? Why don't the film and music companies distribute legimate copies to these countries?

If Morocco or the like only have or only offer bootlegs for sale, then how can they start to fight or control pirating?

5:19 p.m.  
Blogger knarf said...

Sounds like byronb got a dvd made by Brady (shameless Seinfeldian reference).

6:25 p.m.  
Blogger woman wandering said...

I bought stunningly good pirated dvds in Turkey but I kind of had to because ... wait wait, I must adjust my halo to write this with anything resembling creditability ... because Turkey taxes imports heavily and my need for good movies from Amazon couldn't be met on my salary.

In a move that reveals the level of my intelligence, I then moved countries with all of these pirated dvds in my luggage without thinking too much on the possible outcomes of this action.

Enough .............

8:45 p.m.  
Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

The government must be loosing craploads of dirhams from these pirates. For that reason alone, you'd think that they'd be courting Sony et al.
I've been lucky with my dvds - the copies have all been pretty good but I have been stung on the absence of an English voicetrack.

When I leave Morocco, I'll go bury them in the desert before I go to the airport.

8:53 p.m.  

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