L.A. mayor aids anti-piracy project


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local leaders were set to attend a news conference Friday regarding a regional economic group's new study showing entertainment piracy cost area companies $5.2 billion in lost revenue and 106,000 jobs in 2005.

About $2.7 billion was pegged to film piracy and the balance attributed to piracy of music and other intellectual property.

A previous MPAA study put lost revenue from global film piracy at $18.2 billion in '05. Both the EDC and MPAA figures are based only on informed estimates, but officials said they help point to the magnitude of the problem.

In a related announcement, Villaraigosa has unveiled plans for an anti-piracy task force.