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Good news/bad news on figures for the ‘cost’ of filesharing

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In an earlier post I looked at an extraordinary claim that the cost of illegal filesharing around £12bn p.a.. John Naughton has just blogged an extract from a parliamentary committee discussing Mandelson’s proposals to cut off internet from persistent downloaders and the people they live with. Here, the government is using the figure of £200m p.a. losses for the music industry alone. No source other than ‘industry’ is given to support this claim, and minister Ben Bradshaw appears not to know how it was arrived at either. Consequently it’s impossible to assess how plausible this number might be, though it appears to be an order of magnitude lower than earlier figures. So much for evidence-based policy-making.

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November 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

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