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It’s another blow to the studies that are put out by the industry to highlight the problems of piracy - one of the studies published by the Business Software Alliance to highlight the problem in Sweden is apparently “built on flat fees and estimates”. In other words, they effectively gave an educated guess.Will the pirates who believed all along that the copyright industry was making up these statistics on losses due to piracy please raise you hand? A new report in a Swedish news site, IDG, recently reported (Google translation) that officials from the BSA are now admitting that their own statistics shouldn’t be treated seriously or should be treated like a pinch of salt. From the report: Business In its latest report, the BSA stated that 25 percent of all software in Ireland is pirated. It without having spoken to a single Swedish company. “You should probably not see these numbers as completely accurate,” says BSAs Sweden Chef John Hugosson. In 2008 was 25 per cent of all benefit programs in Sweden pirated. The economic losses for the Swedish IT industry for the period amounted to almost three billion dollars. It strikes the broadcasters’ association BSA stated in its latest market survey, which was properly space both in Swedish and international media. The conclusions drawn without a single American has been consulted in the matter. BSA has not contacted either the Swedish company, vendor or computer users in the process of investigation. Both the rate and loss figures for Sweden are built on flat fees and estimates, in turn, based on market research in other countries. Further, the calculation of the industry’s losses to all the pirated versions of any program on the Swedish market would yield full license revenue for software companies - that is entirely hypothetical figures.There’s no shortage of people who have argued for years that one download does not equal one lost sale. This latest revelation, for those that have been arguing this, seems to only confirm what they have believed for quite some time - even if it is just the study for Sweden.