Lies about piracy and the lying mounties who tell them
According to The Inquirer, Canadian police yesterday admitted to completely making up the story that Canadian software piracy cost the country $30 billion a year. This figure has been widely quoted by anti-piracy groups, and was used to help bring in some tough new legislation earlier this year.
According to The Inquirer, “The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) did not conduct any independent research on the scope or impact of counterfeiting in Canada, but rather merely searched a couple news stories.
The sources for the outrageous claim came from an unsubstantiated telly news piece, which in turn got the figure from the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, which happens to be the movie, recording and software industry in drag, and which simply made it up.
It seems that the RCMP just saw the figure which was plucked out of the bottom of the IACC and printed it as its own. Soon they’ll try solving their cases by looking to see who did it on Wikipedia.”