Are dicey stats leading copyright lawmakers down the garden path?

The international digital music industry body, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry claims that 95 per cent of all music downloads are illegal, should we be alarmed?This statistic and other similar figures quoted in the IFPI’s “Digital Music Report 2009” not only give law makers plenty of ammo to police copyright theft, but is also likely to be subject to intense debate ahead of the controversial section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act coming into force on February 28. Trouble is, there’s really no way of knowing if these statistics are actually correct.

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