[A2k] Open letter to President of the Dutch House of Representatives on counterfeiting numbers

Ante ante at ffii.org
Tue Sep 7 02:20:36 PDT 2010


http://blog.vrijschrift.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/110-Open-letter-to-President-of-the-Dutch-House-of-Representatives-on-counterfeiting-numbers.html


Open letter to President of the Dutch House of Representatives on 
counterfeiting numbers

In an open letter to the President of the Dutch House of Representatives, Mrs. 
G.A. Verbeet, Vrijschrift and Bits of Freedom asked to review the 
counterfeiting numbers the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs communicates in 
PRs to justify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. According to the 
ministry the OECD calculated the international trade in counterfeiting to be 
150 billion euros. According to a Vrijschrift analysis, this number is an 
estimate, not a calculation. Data contained in a 1997 US Government 
Accountability Office report suggests that the claims associated with 
counterfeiting are massively overstated. An English version of the Vrijschrift 
analysis is available at the FFII website.

Vrijschrift PR (Dutch) 
http://mailman.vrijschrift.org/pipermail/news/2010-September/000102.html

Vrijschrift and Bits of Freedom letter (Dutch) 
http://people.vrijschrift.org/~ante/acta/ACTA_Voorzitter-TK.pdf

FFII english version
http://action.ffii.org/acta/Analysis#Claims_are_massively_overstated


vriendelijke groet,
cordialmente,

Ante





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