Entertainment expert witnesses may opine on motion picture distribution, media formats, and media piracy. The Motion Picture Association of America website describes how rogue websites traffic in stolen movies, TV shows, and music or even counterfeit prescription medications and other goods.
The potential harm from rogue sites – exposure to malware, identity theft, unsafe and untested medicines and other counterfeit products, and lost jobs and income for creative workers – is profound. Innumerable companies rely on their intellectual property to do business and create valuable products, which supports well-paying jobs, workers’ pension and healthcare plans, and healthy local economies and tax revenues. In the U.S., the motion picture industry alone supports more than 2 million jobs, including truck drivers, architects, accountants, make-up artists, animators, costumers, digital effects technicians, set-builders and more.