Saturday, November 03, 2007

File Sharing Increases Sales P2P users buy more music -- Canadian govt study - Boing Boing

P2P users buy more music -- Canadian govt study


* When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was "a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing. That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases." The study estimates that one additional P2P download per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.

* When viewed in the aggreggate (ie. the entire Canadian population), there is no direct relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchases in Canada. According to the study authors, "the analysis of the entire Canadian population does not uncover either a positive or negative relationship between the number of files downloaded from P2P networks and CDs purchased. That is, we find no direct evidence to suggest that the net effect of P2P file sharing on CD purchasing is either positive or negative for Canada as a whole."

(Via BoingBoing.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The title is misleading. The study does not demonstrate that piracy boosts CD sales. It demonstrates that piracy and CD sales are not correlated (piracy neither boosts nor harms CD sales). It does demonstrate the ratio of downloads to CD sales among those who download, but that does not indicate a causal relationship. You might as well say that for every CD you buy, it causes you to download 2.27 songs.

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