EU-Study: Pirate-Websites do not hurt the Music-Biz

Eine weitere Studie in der Sammlung: Diesmal hat eine Untersuchung des Institute for Prospect Technological Studies (IPTS) vom Wissenschaftsdienst der EU-Kommission ergeben, dass P2P-Websites die Musik-Industrie nicht schädigen und positiv zum Umsatz bei legalen Angeboten beitragen.

“It seems that the majority of the music that is consumed illegally by the individuals in our sample would not have been purchased if illegal downloading websites were not available to them,” they write.

In addition, the researchers are also the first to find that free and legal streaming websites don’t cannibalize legal music purchases. “The complementary effect of online streaming is found to be somewhat larger, suggesting a stimulating effect of this activity on the sales of digital music,” they comment.

Most of the effects were found by comparing people’s visits to “pirate” websites and legal music stores. After controlling for interest in music, the researchers found that visits to pirate websites are positively linked to visits to legal music stores. “If this estimate is given a causal interpretation, it means that clicks on legal purchase websites would have been 2 percent lower in the absence of illegal downloading websites,” the researchers write.

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