Now It's The UK's Turn For Some Bogus Piracy Stats

from the fun-with-numbers dept

There are plenty of instances of misleading and otherwise bad stats being used by anti-piracy groups, like the recent BSA numbers from Canada that were basically made up. Now, a group from the UK is saying that piracy costs that country's economy tens of billions of pounds. It makes the same mistake as plenty of other studies before it: counting every instance of piracy, or perhaps even just the availability of copyrighted material on file-sharing networks, as a lost sale. It's fallacious to assume that every single person that downloads a piece of content, or simply has access to it for free, would pay for it if the free version wasn't available. Furthermore, any study like this that says an entire economy is being harmed by X amount of money because of piracy is pretty much bogus. This money that's supposedly being lost because of piracy isn't being lost by the economy, as undoubtedly it's being spent elsewhere. It's not being flushed down the toilet or turned into ether, it's just not ending up in content companies' bank accounts.

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    DanC (profile), 1 Jun 2009 @ 2:43pm

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    And who defines the "bigness" of the problem?

    Usually, it's the industry mounting the PR campaign and whining about their "massive" losses, because they have more lobbyists on their payroll.

    No, by leaving out that part, Techdirt doesn't give the full picture.

    As I stated, Techdirt is making the point that it is possible to benefit from the proliferation caused by piracy. It doesn't need to provide counter figures to the BSA's stats in order to do so.

    Techdirt writers are well-known for very cleverly leaving out vital information in their posts.

    It wasn't vital, since that wasn't the point the article was trying to get across.

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