Civility and Economic Debate

by on October 2, 2006

I got an email from Tom Giovanetti chastising me for the tone of my previous post about his organization’s study. And he has a point: the rhetoric of my post was unduly inflammatory, and for that I apologize. I should have thought twice before hitting the “post” button.

Mr. Giovanetti urged me to re-read the study, and I’ve done so. After further reflection, my opinion of the substance of the study remains unchanged: the study is poorly reasoned and its conclusion is misleading. The headline-grabbing $20.5 billion number is meaningless.

Also, this ought to go without saying, but since Mr. Giovaenetti brought it up: I believe that piracy is a serious problem, and I applaud the MPAA’s vigorous action to combat it. What I object to isn’t their anti-piracy agenda, as such, but the use of misleading statistics to promote it.

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