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EU Commission: Piracy doesn't hurt music sales, may even help

By Matthew · 10 replies
Mar 19, 2013
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  1. Although music labels remain adamant about piracy's harm to sales, illegal filesharing sites may actually boost industry revenue according to a report from the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. After studying the browsing habits of...

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 887   +437

    "The researchers also backed a common defense among those who support filesharing by noting that most of the subjects who downloaded illegal music wouldn't have opened their wallets in the absence of filesharing sites anyway."
    Heyyy! +9001 respect for these guys.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,005   +2,888

    Always glad to help.
  4. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Wonder what nonsense the RIAA is going to come back with to try and discredit this report.
  5. " EU Commission: Piracy doesn't hurt music sales, may even help "...
    Yeah, that's right.
  6. "Piracy doesn't hurt music sales, may even help"

    after these all long they just got realized?
  7. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 231   +14

    Took them long enough to figure this out. I mean how do we all know this but they don't. This is ridiculous.
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  8. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Even Microsoft admits that piracy has help the sales of Windows.
  9. This is totally bogus. The study looks at digital sales, which weren't popular until after piracy already existed, so obviously there aren't going to be a decrease in sales when the sales were lowered years before.

    It is simply absurd to think that piracy does anything but hurt music sales.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,532   +2,317

    I still buy CDs. I like the tangible aspect of them. I "aged out" from rock to country. I find the music on country CDs is a bit more consistently listenable than a lot of early rock offerings. Maybe that's because it's mostly in major keys.;)

    In any case, a lot of country artists are offered songs to pick and choose from a variety of top notch writers. So there's a diversity of decent material when the album goes to print.

    But, in the old days, even big name bands had albums with a half of a good song on them. Get stoned, and pump out some incoherent garbage, that was the modus operandi back in the day.

    Was it really like that? I'm not sure, I forget...:oops:
  11. This looks at digital sales, which makes it pretty bogus. People "not opening their wallets" even if pirate bay didn't exist is not something to be proud of either because obviously they mean they'll just torrent it from somewhere else. Artists are the ones who suffer most, and CD sales are now non-existent, so old acts don't get paid OR played on the radio. Their royalties stop. "Risky" talent or experimentation is rejected and new acts have to be "bankable"; predictable, pre-packaged, plastic product that everybody complains about but won't accept responsibility for. Innovation and individuality has been silenced throughout the last decade because people under 40 no longer pay for music, and radio has become monotonous and manufactured. The lengths people will go to in order to justify not having to pay for music is crazy; of course it affects sales. I don't agree that labels should be able to charge £14 for a CD of undisclosed filler, but downloading a piece of work that spent months or years to make and cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to produce for nothing is absolutely unjustifiable. You want someone to blame for Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber and the cesspool that is now the music industry? Look in the mirror.

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