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Australian draft report casts doubt on piracy stats

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Nov 2006 6:40 User comments (7)

Australian draft report casts doubt on piracy stats A draft government report prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology has lashed out at the music and software sectors for their piracy statistics. The confidential briefing for the Attorney-General's Department labels the statistics "self-serving hyperbole" and says that copyright owners "failed to explain" how they reached financial loss statistics used for great influence in lobbying and at court cases.
The report specifically says that figures for 2005 provided by the Business Software Association (BSA), which amounts to $361 million a year of lost sales in Australia are "unverified and epistemologically unreliable". However, senior researchers have disagreed with its conclusions so it is to be redrafted.

Researcher Alex Malik was particularly critical of the use of the questionable statistics in court. "Of greatest concern is the potentially unqualified use of these statistics in courts of law," the draft reads. Institute principal criminologist Russell Smith has described the report as an early draft and said that is currently being edited by the agency.

"We wouldn't use language like that because it's not accurate, it's hyperbolic and overblown," he said. "It was a very early draft written by a consultant, and we would want a chance to revise it. We have an extensive quality control system in the institute, so that drafts are read by most senior staff. The report hasn't been finalized. It's still being edited and revised."

The report is also critical of the Australian Recording Industry Association's piracy arm, Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) because it did not even know how the estimates are calculated. MIPI manager Sabiene Heindl explained that the work was done by the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) in the United Kingdom.

The report also is critical of how some estimates are calculated by counting all pirated goods sold by their street value, as it assumes that any person who buys a pirated item would have otherwise bought a legitimate copy.

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110.11.2006 10:42

The confidential briefing for the Attorney-General's Department labels the statistics "self-serving hyperbole" and says that copyright owners "failed to explain" how they reached financial loss statistics used for great influence in lobbying and at court cases.
The Attorney General in Australia is not exactly a reliable source of understanding when it comes to the music industry. His last portfolio in Australia was immigration minister and he botched that up too... Australia will not improve unless they bring a party that understands what the Australian people want. A government for the people. I wonder if this report also talks about how much sales have been done via online capabilities. IMO they can not stop it in OZ.

210.11.2006 10:50

Wow, finally a sensible report! But I have a feeling that this will be 'edited' until it says whatever the Attorney General thinks will make the recording industry happy.

310.11.2006 13:19

SO he might not be the best one to say how the MAFAA rigs their numbers but at least he is sure they do rig their numbers now all we need is the AG of Brittan and the USA to "doubt" the MAFAA some....

410.11.2006 15:12

LMAO perhaps the music indusrty etc should hire the same people who brought us the "global warming hype" after all in the last 100 years the increase in temp has only been point 6 of a degree ,hehehehe here in NZ the hottest year was 98 and ever since it's been getting cooler,so the way i see it the music industry etc need a new plan of attack coz theirs aint work'n that good,meh what am i saying i still won't feel sympathetic to their money grubbing cause

510.11.2006 15:26

scorpNZ Global warming is a misnormaer,it means more non normal weather and more warmer temps at the polls that fill the oceans that take away land. I believe we humans are hurting the environment and need to get with it and get off fossil fule,of coarse half the wolrds corperations would rather not thus nothign changes *L*

618.11.2006 14:03

The music industry want it all their own way. The price that they charge for a disc is outrageous. If i can purchase 100 blank CDs for $23.00 and copy my original copy for my oen use, then the price of the original should come down. I am a volunteer and work with people that have head injuries from road accidents, there is one person that loves music and he is able to use a computer to just push the button so he can put in a CD. On a whole i would make about 5 copies each year as he has not got full control of the hand ha uses and the CDs are scratched over a period of several weeks. You the money grabbers of music want everyone to purchase a new copy when our original one is worn out or scratched you have to be joking. Baldy Bob

726.12.2006 1:51

Well, it appears to me that all this poppy cock about all this money the Music Industries miss out on is no where near the estimated amount they state, for 1, the music downloaded probably would not be purchased from the retailer anyway, it probably is downloaded on the sper of the moment, to try a new goup, to replace a disk that is scratced or broken , fially why buy the whole disk when ,aybee you only like one or two tunes anyway..

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