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June 01, 2005
More on MPAA-Funded Police Surveillance Cameras
The Big Picture thinks that the MPAA helping the LA Police by paying for the installation of 10 surveillance cameras (MPAA Paying for Police Surveillance Cameras in LA) is a good idea (MPAA Does the Heavy Lifting RIAA Refused to Do).
I'm all for the MPAA and RIAA expending more of their efforts on combatting criminal counterfeiting. However, I really question whether surveillance cameras are the best way to do it. At best they will merely disperse the criminal activity to other locations.
It is interesting that this method is compared to methods for fighting drug sales. "Similar surveillance systems in city parks have dramatically reduced drug sales." They have reduced drug sales in city parks. Furthermore, like drug sales, stopping criminal counterfeiting is not about arresting the street dealers, but about doing the difficult and costly investigations that will allow the criminal rings to be broken. I'm not sure how surveillance cameras really help to do that.
UPDATE 2025 PT - The Big Picture responds below in the comments.
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