Anti-File Sharing Propaganda Back To Focusing On That Horrible Malware You'll Get
from the unprotected-file-sharing-is-bad dept
The thing that you sort of need to admire about the copyright maximalist lobby is that they attack the problem from so many different directions on such a constant basis. It’s almost impossible to keep up — though, you do begin to notice some patterns. A particularly popular move is to alternate between the moral argument against copyright infringement (stealing! bad!) and the idea that file sharing is going to destroy your computer (we’re just looking out for your safety!). It looks like the industry is back on that latter kick, as two recent stories indicate.
First, the BSA has its widely debunked “piracy” numbers — but it’s now getting news for focusing instead on how you’re going to get malware if you file share. Since it can’t actually back up its bogus numbers, instead it’s hoping that most people don’t know that correlation doesn’t mean a causal relationship — but at least we know that most of our readers know better. The report notes that there’s a correlation between higher piracy rates and higher malware infections, but seems to totally ignore exceptions to that rule (the US) or delve into other variables that may explain either the piracy rate (already questionable) or the malware rate (education levels? poverty? shared computers? etc.). Even more amusing, they claim (with no actual evidence) that those who get malware have to spend more to repair their computers than it would have cost to get the legitimate software in the first place. I have no doubt that there are risks for those who file share, but this report does nothing to show the actual risks and is yet another in a long line of weak propaganda from the BSA, that despite being called on it for years, never seems to do anything to back up its reports with facts.
Then, we have the story of the MPAA apparently sending a bunch of anti-piracy comic books to New Zealand, home of one of many different fights on how to change copyright law. The comic book, like the BSA report, involves plenty of ridiculous and unsubstantiated claims about how file sharing will unleash nasty malware and viruses all over your computers — but drawn in nice comic book form. Can we send those kids who got the MPAA comic book a copy of the Tales from The Public Domain comic books as well? There are free digital downloads for anyone who wants to hand them out in exchange for the bogus MPAA ones….