How The UK Gov't Extrapolated 136 Self-Reported File Sharers Into 7 Million
from the nice-work dept
Think those survey questions were unbiased?
Either way, the survey reached 1,176 net-connected households, of which 136 (11.6%) said they did file sharing. The researchers then just decided that 11.6% was too low, and bumped it up to 16.3%. Why? "To reflect the assumption that fewer people admit to file sharing than actually do it." Fine. But how was the number picked? They won't say. So... you've basically added 40% to the number there for totally unclear reasons. Then... the extrapolation gets more ridiculous. Jupiter Research said that there were 40 million people online in the UK, and they applied their made up 16.3% number to that number. Only problem? The 40 million number is made up to. The real number was 33.9 million. Thus, their "estimate" was first boosted by about 40% and then another 20%. And all that on top of likely leading questions to appease the music industry lobbyists paying for the study. And this is what the UK gov't is basing its decisions on?