Why There’s No Stopping Illegal Downloading

Illegal downloading of music was just the first step. Now it’s everything from movies, to books, TV shows and computer software. And a recent study confirms: there’s no stopping illegal downloads. Laci explains why.

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How the industry can fight back against pirated music

“New research estimates that 28% of digital music world-wide is pirated using illegal file-sharing. The findings shed light on financial difficulties in the music industry experienced by companies such as HMV.”

Music Piracy: Major Studies Conflicted Over Recording Industry Impact

“People like simple answers. We like to be told what is right, what is true, and what is wrong. If the issue is complex, we can get confused – so in an information-overloaded world, it’s always much easier to ingest a black-and-white view of complex questions. So it is when discussing illegal music downloading. Or, piracy, in the parlance of our times.”

Illegal downloads surge after the Netherlands blockades Pirate Bay, study finds

“Downloading from illegal sources has increased instead of decreased six months after a court ordered ISPs in the Netherlands to block access to The Pirate Bay, according to research from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Tilburg University, released Thursday.”

Baywatch: two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to The Pirate Bay

“Early 2012, Dutch rights holders representatives were able to claim two potentially important legal victories in their fight against unauthorised sharing of copyright protected material on the Internet, commonly referred to as ‘online piracy’.”

Music’s lost decade: Sales cut in half

“If you watched the Grammy Awards Sunday night, it would appear all is well in the recording industry. But at the end of last year, the music business was worth half of what it was ten years ago and the decline doesn’t look like it will be slowing anytime soon.”

Assessing the Academic Literature Regarding the Impact of Media Piracy on Sales

“The goal of this paper is to provide a “non­‐technical” discussion of what the academic literatures in economics, marketing, and information systems can tell us about how piracy impacts sales of media products.”

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