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750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy

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| First, the estimate of 750,000 jobs lost. (Is that supposed to be per year? A
| cumulative total over some undefined span? Those who cite the figure seldom
| say.) Customs is most often given as the source for this, and indeed, you can
| find press releases from as recently as 2002 giving that figure as a U.S.
| Customs and Border Patrol estimate. Eureka! But when we contacted CBP to
| determine how they had arrived at that imposing figure, we were informed that
| it was, in essence, a goof. The figure, Customs assured us, came from
| somewhere else, and was mistakenly described as the agency's own. This should
| come as no great surprise: CBP is an enforcement agency, whereas calculating
| the total loss of jobs from IP infringement would require some terrifyingly
| complex counterfactual modeling by trained economists. Similar claims have
| appeared in Customs releases dating back at least to 1993, but a CBP
| spokesperson assured us that the agency has never been in the business of
| developing such estimates in-house.
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http://arstechnica.com/articles/cult...-on-piracy.ars


Recent:

Judge halts sales of RealDVD

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| Representatives from the MPAA and RealNetworks could not be reached Sunday.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-100...=2547-1_3-0-20


Music stars unite to seek control

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| UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control
| of their work from record labels.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7652053.stm


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…
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http://slated.org/british_government_violates_copyright


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-stole-website


US presidential candidate is a pirate

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| THE PRESUMED Republican US presidential candidate John McCain favours
| draconian copyright enforcement, except when his own election campaign uses
| other people's music.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...tial-candidate
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