Piracy in the local film industry is increasing

Piracy in the local film industry continues to cost the industry millions. In 2014, South Africa ranked 14th in the world when it came to illegal downloads. This is according to the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (Safact). It also estimated that illegal film downloads cost the film industry between R300 million and R600 million.

Recently, a Cape Town man was sentenced to a fine R20 000 for distributing an IPTV box which would allow people to pirate film, series and sport.

Gugu and Sizwe spoke to Aifheli Makhwanya, Head of Policy and Research, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), about the impact of piracy to filmmakers and what can be done to combat this issue.

Listen to the conversation below...

It's a big problem. We are aware from the various engagements with filmmakers as the NFVF, that there are quite a lot of filmmakers who have lost out from the opportunity to exploit and maximise on some of the profits and earnings that they could have been able to make.

Aifheli Makhwanya, Head of Policy and Research, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

We have to take the responsibility from government and industry to make sure that we are putting a lot of effort to educate South Africans.

Aifheli Makhwanya, Head of Policy and Research, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

The moment your film gets leaked, regardless of where that leaked happened, the reality is there is a projection in terms of potential revenue that film will be making... I don't think you will have someone going to the cinema if they have already seen it (the film) in another platform.

Aifheli Makhwanya, Head of Policy and Research, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

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