Video Detailing How US Chamber Of Commerce Deceives The Public In Its Support Of SOPA & PROTECT IP
from the lies,-damned-lies,-and-the-us-chamber-of-commerce dept
A few weeks ago, we did a step-by-step detailed debunking of the claims by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Steve Tepp. He had gone on PBS News Hour to defend the illegal domain name seizures, as well as the plans for SOPA and PROTECT IP. He made claims about how “huge” a problem “rogue sites” are, and quoted some big sounding numbers in a very serious voice. We went through the details for where those numbers came from and discovered (spoilers!) that he was being extremely disingenuous in presenting the numbers. The details actually showed that he was conflating a few different issues, using ridiculously shoddy methodology, and mixing in a few dodgy assumptions on top of that. In fact, the actual numbers suggested the real problem — that of dangerous counterfeit goods being sold, was a fairly tiny problem.
Techdirt reader Nick Dynice thought that the post would work well as a short documentary, and took it upon himself to use the post as a script to create the following video about how Steve Tepp and the US Chamber of Commerce mislead with statistics in a dishonest way to garner support for the illegal domain seizures, as well as the unconstitutional proposals for SOPA and PROTECT IP.