For All The 'Significant Blows' To Piracy, Shouldn't Piracy Have Gone Way Down?
from the just-wondering... dept
Also, while the report does make it clear that plenty of counterfeit content was found at the site (someone's garage), it's worth remembering that the entertainment industry also has a long history have overstating the actual specifics of these busts as well. In 2002, following a similar raid, the RIAA claimed that 421 CD burners had been seized. The truth was that only 156 CD burners were found, but the RIAA raised the number because some of the burners ran at "faster speeds" than more common CD burners. Then, there was the case from last year, where the MPAA claimed it had shut down a counterfeiting plant that had $30 million worth of counterfeit DVDs. Except... that also turned out to be false. The plant had not been shut down. The plant owners pointed out that they were a legitimate business that had been around for 15-years, and the seized DVDs were legal products that they were producing under contract for a large public company -- and were only worth a few thousand dollars, rather than $30 million. So, forgive us for thinking that (1) this new raid was not as big as the story claims and (2) that this will not be "a significant blow" to the market for counterfeit products.