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750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy

By Julian Sanchez | Published: October 07, 2008 – 11:30PM CT  from Ars Technica
A 20-year game of Telephone
If you pay any attention to the endless debates over intellectual property policy in the United States, you’ll hear two numbers invoked over and over again, like the stuttering chorus of some Philip Glass opera: 750,000 and $200 to $250 billion. The first is the number of U.S. jobs supposedly lost to intellectual property theft; the second is the annual dollar cost of IP infringement to the U.S. economy. These statistics are brandished …