Search Engines are Instrumental in Assisting Individuals Acquire Copyright Materials Illegally
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:54 pm | By Rachelle Korinko


On September 18th, a report was released by Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA).  The report, Understanding the Role of Search in Online Piracy, uses data from the UK and the US. This report measured the role that search engines play in assisting individuals in accessing content illegally. Among some of the interesting statistics produced are 74% of individuals accessing content illegally do so through a search engine, and 58% of the searches use innocuous language.  



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2013 Index shows the U.S. improving in Property Rights Protections
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:56 am | By Lorenzo Montanari

The Property Rights Alliance (PRA) is proud to announce the Sept. 10 release date of the 2013 International Property Rights Index (IPRI), which measures the intellectual and physical property rights of 131 nations from around the world.  This year, 74 international organizations partnered with the PRA in Washington, DC and its Hernando de Soto Fellowship program to produce the seventh annual IPRI.  The study was authored by PhD Candidate Francesco De Lorenzo, who served as this year’s Hernando de Soto Fellow. 

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Private Property Rights and Locke
Friday, August 30, 2013 11:58 am | By Rachelle Korinko

We, here at PRA, have been spending a lot of time promoting arguments for strong intellectual property rights. This is mostly because of the state of the world we live in, technology is constantly being innovated and new entrepreneurs and inventors need IP protections as incentives for continuing to develop the goods that allow us to remain connected. Furthermore, technology improves our lives in ways that would have been unimaginable in the 1400s up through the late 1800s. The great advances are, in part, due to well-developed IP protection. However, these protections would have never come about if society wasn’t fully dedicated to protecting private, physical property rights. 

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