Does anyone really believe that the value of pirated stuff costs the US $250 billion? Most of these numbers come from industry groups like the MPAA, and the RIAA, and they have a vested interest in overstating the reality of their losses. I mean, would all of these people otherwise buy all the movies, music and software that they pirate if they had to pay full price? I doubt it. When the music ain’t free, people who pirate wouldn’t be downloading thousands of songs.
Still, protecting intellectual property is important if we want content creators to keep producing content. I don’t think laws like SOPA, for instance, will actually do anything but hurt innocent website owners and individuals. But we do need some way to enforce intellectual property ownership. What do you think? Are the costs in these infographics for real?