Around seven million people in the UK are involved in illegal downloads, costing the economy tens of billions of pounds, government advisers say.
NO, you fucking cunts, you can't keep saying this - it's just not fucking true. Saying that filesharing "costs billions" is a complete and utter lie because it relies on the entirely false assumption that ALL the songs/films/software that are shared would have been bought legitimately had the filesharing not been available.
This is clearly bollocks.
I download quite a lot of movies. Would I buy the DVDs of all the films I download? Would I fuck. I'd take out a LoveFilm subscription and copy the DVDs. I only download them because it's frankly less effort.
What about all the kids swapping songs/albums? Would they pay the full retail price of the CD if the filesharing wasn't available? Would they fuck.
But then you realise the assumptions are even MORE flimsy:
Researchers found 1.3m people using one file-sharing network on one weekday and estimated that over a year they had free access to material worth £12bn.
These figures have just been pulled out their arse, haven't they? I probably have access to that kind of "virtual" worth, if you include the whole of bittorrent. But do I download it? No, because I don't want the entire Sex in The City or the Spice Girls' back-catalogue.
You fucking sneaky cunts. That whole news story is just full of assumptions and lies.
It also has frankly worrying statements like this one:
The fact that so much on the internet is free only added to the confusion, it said.
Wait for the government to start "charging" for sites it feels necessary.