According to an article from Oz, the Australian Institute of Criminology will soon publish research that warns that piracy figures quoted by software, movie and music industries are absurd, inflated, and what they call “self-serving hyperbole”. Really? Colour me surprised! A quote from the yet unpublished report says:
“It is inappropriate for courts and policy-makers to accept at face value currently unsubstantiated statistics. Either these statistics must be withdrawn, or the purveyors of these statistics must supply valid and transparent substantiation.”
Very well said. I often criticise piracy reports that seem to equate each pirated copy to a lost sale, when no amount of research has ever proven this to be the case.