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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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John Bennet draws our attention to a blogpost by Felix Salmon at Reuters.It's about a report by "Joe Karaganis and a big team of international researchers" which unfortunately I seem to be unable to access, at least without paying a fee. The report debunks all the made-up numbers used by the big media firms to direct U.S. antipiracy policy. The blog post is worth reading, and post a comment if you can figure out how to access the report. (There is link to scribd, but that site appears to be unusable.)

Some links:

from Michael Hills (Please note, the download link will expire after 120 hours from now or after 2 attempts, which ever event happens first.) the link works and I now have a copy - very good report

John Bennett gives a link to the movie.

Mike Masnick's blog post


Thanks for that. Perhaps you could draw John Bennett's attention to this blog article of mine: http://www.digitalproductions.co.uk/index.php?id=276

I think John might enjoy it.

But the fee is half the story and half the fun as the report was released under a Consumer's Dilemma license. http://piracy.ssrc.org/the-report/

The idea is that to get it free, you must find a proxy outside the listed high income countries. This forces you to live the experience that the emerging economies in the report face on a daily basis to access geo-restricted content using high income country proxies.

Well, we tried to make it a little easier than finding a proxy: it is on Scribd. Not sure why that isn't working for you (if that's how you've chosen to resolve the Consumer's Dilemma.)


or you can torrent it:


Or you can acquire it legally for $8



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