US government study: Piracy statistics unreliable
That's the title of my Slaw post for today. It reads as follows. We have seen much pressure over the years for governments to enact tougher laws for piracy and counterfeiting - often based on statistics that lead to conclusions that billions of dollars are being lost because of it.
The US government accountability office (GAO) just released a report that concludes that while the problems are real, "Three widely cited U.S. government estimates of economic losses resulting from counterfeiting cannot be substantiated due to the absence of underlying studies". Also that assumptions are used to compensate for the lack of data.