European Commission: Online Music Piracy Doesn't Hurt Sales

This isn't really much of a surprise but a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre says that online piracy isn't hurting music sales:

Via Torrentfreak:
"A new study by The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, which is part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, tackled this question in a unique way. With data from more than 16,000 European Internet users they determined what the effect was of people’s access to pirate sites on visits to online music stores.

The results are now published in a paper titled “Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data,” and the researchers found that overall, piracy has a positive effect on music sales.

“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."

The same study also fout that music streaming services don't hurt sales. If all of this sounds a little redundant it is because every single independent study (not funded and/or conducted by the music lobby), in every country, has found the exact same thing. The only reason it is still worth pointing out is because after this, those who claim that online piracy is killing music should be treated the same way as the people who claim that global warming isn't happening or that creationism is just as plausible as evolution.
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