Government Debunks Industry Claims about Impact of Piracy

Nate Anderson at Ars has an excellent write up of a report just released by the Government Accounting Office. It doesn’t reverse what most of us know to be exaggerated if not outright fraudulent date touted by big content. Rather it attacks the verifiability of the suspect reports that industry likes to trot out when trying to substantiate their reasoning around copyright expansion.

Even though the GAO report isn’t as supportive of opposing expansion as we might like, Nate points out a particular satisfying aspect. The report is part of the IP czar’s efforts to quantify the effects of piracy in order to make practical recommendations on approaches to enforcement. That role in its current form was set up by a bill lobbied into existence by big content, the Pro IP Act. Not exactly hoisted on their own petard but gratifying nonetheless.

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