A few years back, I wrote about some extremely misleading stats published by the ITfIPA (Industry Trust for IP Awareness) and the involvement of terrorists. Imagine my surprise today then, when I read of a study by the Rand Corporation, which makes similar claims, and lo and behold, it also uses counterfeiting stats, to mean 'movie piracy' (the two terms are NOT interchangable). No prizes for guessing who funded this study.... yep the MPAA.
I guess the easiest way to get what they want, is to make people afraid, especially lawmakers. Bogus, and stretched statistics do that well. Expect some debunking to appear shortly, either here, or on torrentfreak.com