"This week the Business Software Alliance published a new study
which purports to estimate the economic gain from a ten percent
reduction in piracy of business software. For Canada, the BSA
claims that the reduction would create over 6,000 new jobs and
generate billions in GDP and tax revenue. Given such impressive
claims, it is not surprising that some media reported on the study
and the BSA's emphasis on new laws and tougher enforcement.
"When IT Business's Brian Jackson asked me for a comment, I
noted that such estimates were notoriously speculative (see Glyn
Moody on this) and that the BSA would do far better to tell us how
much Canada has gained from its recent significant reductions in
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