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Research: Illegal file sharing leads to more hit music

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Jan 2014 12:54 User comments (3)

Research: Illegal file sharing leads to more hit music According to a new research report published by Tulane University Law Professor Glynn Lunney, illegal file sharing has helped lead to more hit music for record labels and artists.
This is a sharp contrast to what the RIAA and other trade groups believe, with their claims that piracy leads to billions of dollars in losses every year.

Lunney says file-sharing actually encourages the distribution of existing music, and is in line with current copyright law. His latest research paper, "A Case Study of File Sharing and Music Output," looks into how file sharing leads to more hits for artists.

According to TorrentFreak, the paper "shows that the output from existing artists increased, while new artists appeared less frequently in the hit charts. However, since the new material from existing artists was greater than the loss from new artists, the "creation" of new music increased overall."

Piracy did lead to lower revenue overall, but led to increased output from existing artists, which in turn led to more new hit songs. "Because the second marginal effect outweighed the first, file sharing, even assuming that it caused the decline in record sales, led to the creation, on balance, of more new hit songs," read the report.

Professor Lunney concludes that unauthorized file sharing should be legal under copyright law, "given that file sharing thus advances both of copyright's purported objectives, there would seem to be only one reasonable answer as to whether file sharing, at least with respect to music, should be legal under copyright law."

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3 user comments

13.1.2014 12:59

There have been several studies showing that content "pirates" actually pay for significantly more content than average. This research simply adds more ammunition to that claim.

23.1.2014 14:20

Well, Duh.

34.1.2014 14:51

Almost without exception, everyone I know who downloads also buys far more music & film than those who do not.

I often use a download to sample music & film & if I like them I then buy, in the best quality available.
I have literally hundreds of CDs (& quite a few SACDs & DVD-Audio), HD DVDs & Blu-rays.
Most people who don't download also buy very little, if at all.

The MPAA & RIAA (and their clones elsewhere) just salivate at the ludicrous idea that every download could be a sale.
I'd not bother so much if their dream came true.
Talk about counter-productive.

Lots of us contribute enormously to the music & movie business as it is.
It's only the 2nd biggest & most profitable enterprise on the planet (after conventional energy), so much for all their bleating about impending doom (and as decades of court cases prove it is the industry that is often the worst rip-off any artist can have the misfortune to tangle with)

Often we have satellite or cable TV deals too - usually with a hard drive recording facility, so we are not in fact getting anything we would not otherwise get.
How can this be classified as a 'theft' by any sane judgement?

All downloading does for the vast majority of us is allow us convenience (and higher quality than broadcast quality).

The standard persecution idea driven by the likes of the MPAA, RIAA etc is simply insane.

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