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Links 1 through 10 of 11 by Simon Phipps tagged BSA

Excellent and insightful comments from SSRC on the BSA's as-poor-as-you'd-expect 2010 report. I just hope that there are legislators taking note of this research.

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Given we all know their reports are biased rubbish now that SSRC has published their report, why do they keep publishing it? It's because it is part of the foodchain - along with uncritical politicians who can't distinguish between lobbyists and citizens - that leads to bad laws like the US PROTECTIP Act and the Digital Economy Act in the UK. The BSA's report is specifically engineered to trigger over-reaching, citizen-hostile legislation. The BSA's position is the ultra-extremist end-of-scale marker that ought to be regarded as such as we take a much more moderate view as the basis of legislation. Instead it's taken as fact by credulous legislators. All the time they keep being rewarded, they'll keep publishing.

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Andrew Updegrove takes the BSA's self-serving and false argument apart and finds it as hollow as instinct said it would be.

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I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this, but I am shocked at just how blatantly disdainful BSA are of both their customers and of the government. Asserting that open standards are bad for you is so obviously ridiculous - not to mention orthogonal to most of their members' publicly-stated positions - that BSA just looks ludicrous here.

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The very best thing to do is write back and say "you are mistaken, we only use open source software and there is no need for any audit". But if you can't honestly say that, this looks like the best advice.

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The fact the BSA supports ACTA tells us more about it in a moment than large quantities of analysis could do in a day. I predict they will be a key user of its provisions in their pursuit of closed software by proprietary vendors and their oppression of those vendors' customers.

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Just in case you thought the article by Glyn Moody that I linked yesterday was a one-off, this techDirt article from earlier in the year alleges that sophistry is a BSA strategy rather than an accident.

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Glyn's research here is very useful. The BSA use of statistics is very regrettable, as is their use of inuendo and framing to build the impression that thir outlook is correct. They are a vestige of a passing business model and everything they say should be questioned and disbelieved until independently proven.

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This long and detailed analysis is well worth the read to see just how low the US delegation at ACTA will sink to hide the fact that they are a tool of the US media industry. There's enough data available in public to make it impossible for people like this to get away with lies and extreme spin. I hope they see the coverage and realize no-one is fooled.

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If you're an organisation that uses fear, uncertainty, doubt and often something perilously close to blackmail as your modus operandi, maybe this is typical? For the rest of us it's cynical and sick and we'd be ashamed to be in any way associated with it.

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