No Info Can Be Found About Mysterious Report Claiming Australia As A 'Nation Of Pirates'
from the into-the-ether dept
A few weeks back, there was a lot of buzz about a highly questionable report, commissioned by an anti-piracy group, that claimed Australia was a “nation of unrepentant pirates,” that had cost the entertainment industry $900 million. We didn’t write about it at the time, because the article announcing it was pretty vague, and the details were lacking. We figured eventually the actual report would come out and we could discuss it at that point. Except… no one seems to want to provide the report. In fact, TorrentFreak has been trying to not only track down the report but also the organization that wrote it and is having trouble coming up with any info. No one wants to provide the report, and there seems to be no significant evidence that the company that wrote the report is a real company. There are vague connections to a real estate company, which also doesn’t seem to have much to prove that it’s a real company.
What’s really troubling here is that apparently many in the Australian government are relying on the information in this “report” to make decisions on changes in copyright law. Based on a phantom report put together in complete secrecy by a company that can barely be found? Even the reporter (a freelancer) who first put up the original story at The Age, Neil McMahon, never even saw the report, but apparently reported on it based on what someone — he won’t admit who — told him about it. The whole thing seems amazingly sketchy. In an era when so many such reports have been debunked, it’s scary that the government seems willing to rely on one that clearly hasn’t been even remotely vetted by those who understand these things.