One down, a million to go. If only the powers that be in D.C. understood how these things worked, we might actually be able to have a positive discussion of how to prevent this, instead of just shutting down websites the government "estimates" have violated anti-piracy laws.
Curious how they come up with the financial numbers. That math trickery always gets me ... makes the assumption that a downloader would have bought the item to begin with:
And even those numbers might not be right. The Government Accountability Office has raised further questions and concerns about the copyright industry’s claims of losses here. Part of the difficulty here is that it’s not always easy to tally up the true costs of piracy. For instance, if a person illegally downloads a movie or song that he never would’ve downloaded otherwise, then it’s not clear what the losses actually amount to (the benefits, by contrast, are fairly clear).