US International Trade Commission Learns That 'Piracy' Claims From Industry Are Bunk
from the good-for-them dept
Could it be that folks in the federal government are finally starting to get the message that all of those “piracy” stats out there are complete bunk? Following up on the recent excellent GAO report noting that industry claims about “losses” from piracy were absolute fiction (the latest, by the way, in a very long line of smart GAO reports on topics of interest to those around here), apparently the US International Trade Commission held hearings where it heard from a bunch of folks explaining how inaccurate industry reports on “losses from piracy” are — and furthermore, based on little actual evidence and don’t take into account the additional benefits.
It’s so rare to see the government ever actually paying attention to those who don’t toe the “piracy is absolutely purely evil and destroying everything” line, that this alone is pretty impressive. Whether or not it actually gets through or leads to policy changes is another story altogether. But it’s good that more voices are being heard.