This month, a new lobbying group, the Australian Content Industry Group (ACIG), released new statistics to The Age, which claimed piracy was costing Australian content industries $900 million a year and 8000 jobs.
The report claims 4.7 million Australian internet users engaged in illegal downloading and this was set to increase to 8 million by 2016. By that time, the claimed losses to piracy would jump to $5.2 billion a year and 40,000 jobs.
But the report, which is just 12 pages long, is fundamentally flawed. It takes a model provided by an earlier European piracy study (which itself has been thoroughly debunked) and attempts to shoe-horn in extrapolated Australian figures that are at best highly questionable and at worst just made up.
What’s more, the report attempts to provide a five-year forecast based on a single year of data and also attempts to calculate lost Commonwealth tax revenue. It suggests there is a direct correlation between internet traffic growth and lost jobs in the content industry – but includes no new research into jobs in the entertainment industry to back this up.
“The main objective is to lobby politicians with this and to scare the public into compliance,” IBRS analyst Guy Cranswick said.
Somebody should tell him about the 14th amendment.
The two crew members on the F-15E fighter jet both ejected, suffering minor injuries.
One was quickly picked up by a US military helicopter. The other is said to be "safe" after being rescued by Libyan rebels.
Libya. The Movie, Coming next fall. Staring Nicolas Cage.
Not paying is always simple.