It’s long been said that the numbers thrown around by the RIAA and MPAA are false. Now, thanks to the United State Government Accounting Office we know for a fact that they are.The GAO points out that government agencies including the FBI and the Dept. of Commerce have relied on industry studies even when industry trade associations have refused to divulge their data sources and methods. What is worse, the report notes that three widely cited estimates of piracy losses sourced to U.S. government agencies – the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – cannot be substantiated.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is making this clear in a report titled “Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods.”
Now, more then ever, you need to contact your congressperson and point this out to them. Tell them that we need to oppose ACTA which will spread the disease of the DMCA around the world. ACTA seeks to create a worldwide accord on dealing with copyright theft.
How bad is ACTA? It contains a proposal to oblige ACTA participants to require border authorities to search travellers’ baggage or their personal electronic devices for infringing materials.
These companies have been lying to us and lying to the government for over a decade. For the past ten years they have controlled copyright policy and got whatever they wanted and taking away our rights in the process. They have used these numbers as a sledgehammer to our personal freedoms and operated without question because many people don’t understand copyright.
Now we have the upper hand. Contact your congressperson and put the heat on them. It’s time to start getting our freedoms back.