OECD The Latest To Show Lobbyists Exaggerate Losses Due To Piracy/Counterfeiting
from the lobbyists-exaggerate?-you-can't-be-serious... dept
Earlier this week we noted that the latest GAO report found that industry estimates of the impact of counterfeiting and piracy on the economy were greatly exaggerated, and now the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has come out with a similar report, noting not just that the numbers are exaggerated, but that the exaggeration was done by lobbyists to further political policies. No, really? The report does still say that counterfeiting and piracy is a problem -- but just that it's not nearly as big a problem as industry representatives would have you believe, and that industry reps might be better off not focusing so heavily on passing stronger intellectual property laws around the world. Not surprisingly, the very same lobbyists were quick to trash the OECD report, and even (you knew this was coming) claim that their estimates on piracy and counterfeiting were conservative. So here we have two non-industry groups with no reason for bias reporting that the "loss" numbers industry representatives claim are clearly bogus. Does this mean that the media will stop reporting the industry's totally unsupported numbers as if they were factual?