Hidden in the middle of the article is this little gem:
"The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, an industry body formed to lobby for better copyright protection, has even warned terrorists may be using fake goods in order to raise untraceable funds."
These guys must use the same advisors as the US Government. Put the spin on terrorism without any evidence and try and get some sympathy for your cause. To use a Slashotism (http://www.slashdot.org/), here is a possible business plan:
- Use terrorist spin to garner sympathy
- The Business Software Alliance estimates the cost of software piracy alone to be
about $12 billion a year. - Figures like thses always cause some concern. They seem to count every single copy of software made, when in most cases the people using the copied software would not have actually paid for the software anyway.
- Counterfeit automobile parts, like brake pads, cost the auto industry alone over
$12 billion dollars in lost sales. If these losses were eliminated the auto industry could
hire 200,000 additional workers. - They could hire those 200,000 workers, or they could hire 50,000 more workers, pay them less and force them to work more hours. Alterntively, those 200,000 workers could already be in jobs making the counterfeit items. Plus I bet the $12 billion is calculated on Toyota OEM pricing structures.