by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jun 13th 2011 4:01pm
A quick reminder here. After a Senate-commission report by the US ITC concerning "losses" from China due to intellectual property infringement, we noted that the methodology was ridiculous. The ITC simply went out and asked some of the biggest companies who rely on IP how much they thought they "lost," and used that to extrapolate a number. In what world is it the appropriate methodology to ask those who would financially benefit the most from greater protectionism to provide accurate data about the need for that protectionism? However, if that methodology is considered credible for the US Senate and the ITC, we figured we might as well use the identical methodology to calculate the "loss" the public has dealt with due to overprotective copyright laws. Of course, unlike the ITC, we actually asked people to "be reasonable." You can provide your own thoughts in the form below:
The initial response has been fantastic -- with many more responses than we expected. On top of that, a wonderfully large percentage of them included detailed, and thoughtful, explanations of their calculations and reasoning. There have been, not surprisingly, a few ridiculous claims (i.e., trillions of dollars) that we'll be removing from the calculations, because we're (mostly) serious here about trying to come up with a number. Either way, please spread this around, as the more data we get, the better the results will be. Thanks!
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