U.K. Study Claims Illegal Filesharing Didn't Kill The Music Business
March 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM (PT)
Was file-sharing the cause of a collapse in the recording industry? ARS TECHNICA reports, "Economists say no."
The report says, "a paper from the LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS argues that everything 'Big Content' says about file sharing is wrong. In fact, it suggests that file sharing is the future, and that revenue downturns can largely be explained by other forces."
"The music industry is performing better than is being claimed and declining sales can be explained by other factors in addition to illegal filesharing," say BART CAMMAERTS and BINGCHUN MENG of LSE's Department of Media Studies. "The negative framing of the debate about file-sharing and copyright protection threatens to stifle the very same creative industry the Act aims to stimulate."
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