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While all industry consortium figures need to be treated with scepticism, it's good to see the technology industry fighting back against the well-funded astroturfing of statistics by the media lobby. This report from CCIA is of course funded by vested interests too but it puts on the table the idea that it's not "music & movie professionals versus pirate thief scum kids" as the media lobby has been framing it, but rather "niche media market vs much larger and more diverse 'fair use economy'".
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Good to see this fact, which many of us have known for ages, finally showing up officially. Of course, the ACTA folks (like the DeBill people) will carry on acting as if the opposite is true and acting to "protect the creative industry". But that's because they are representative only of industry stakeholders and not of the commons and the really important stakeholder that benefits from it - us.
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ACTA secrecy is in fact a cynical game being played by the analogue economy (great phrase) to defend itself against us - you and me - the beating heart of the new digital economy and the connected society. The attempt to build a meta-national treaty-based fait accomplis has to be secret because too many of us are now intelligent and informed enough to derail it if there was any transparency or honesty. What is "piracy" in this context? It is the attmpt to steal the future of culture and democracy from every one of us. We have in our hands a true test of global democracy and we dare not fail.
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Now /these/ are pirates. Using the term frivolously the way the software and media industries do is abusive and it's time it stopped.