Dutch film body wants greater anti-piracy effort


AMSTERDAM -- Dutch film industry body Filmwereld, which unites all branches of the local film business here, on Tuesday urged the government in the Hague for greater measures against piracy.

Filmwereld chairman Ruud Lamers presented members of parliament with the results of a recent survey that underlined the economic importance of the film business in the Netherlands. The industry accounts for about 30,000 jobs across its different sectors.

However, as a result of growing piracy, the Dutch film industry is under pressure, with retail business showing a 13% decline since 2003, when the industry as a whole had revenue of €539 million.

In the Netherlands, unauthorized downloading of films and music is still not illegal. Lamers suggested that the Dutch authorities follow the example of France, where the industry there recently received support from the government in fighting illegal downloading.