"A Canadian open source advocate has questioned the credibility
of an industry's group claim that reduced software piracy rates can
improve the global economy.
"The Business Software Alliance (BSA) Wednesday released the
results of an international study conducted by research firm IDC
that examined the issues around software copyright
"Russell McOrmond, an Ottawa-based Internet technical consultant
with Flora Community Consulting and a proponent of the Free/Libre
Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement in Canada, dismissed the
BSA's findings. He said the way CAAST and the BSA calculate piracy
is fundamentally flawed because it relies on estimates of PC
shipments by province, the amount of software required and then
compares it against software shipment data from BSA member
companies. Open source software isn't accounted for..."