Study Says File Sharing Is Still Good for Entertainment Industries


This really isn't news, it's just confirmation of what all the other studies have shown but, yet another study has shown that on balance the music and film industries have benefited from online file sharing. The London School of Economics found that music sales have stagnated but overall revenues remain strong with revenues reaching $60 billion in 2011. They also found, as has been reported elsewhere, that the film industry is enjoying record box office returns and that "illegal" sharing can boost legal sales.

From the CBC:
"The researchers make the argument that the digital culture that has sprung up around the file sharing of music, video games, movies and other content has spawned new models of producing and distributing creative content that don't rely on exclusive ownership of that content.

Creative Commons licences, for example, which allow artists to specify how their work is shared by the public, are increasingly being used by some musicians to release their content on music-sharing sites like SoundCloud, the report said.

"​The increasing variety of online creative practices means that some representatives of the creative industries are becoming less concerned about copyright infringement through individual file sharing," the authors write. "Many musicians share their music and are very happy for their fans to download their music, envisaging future sales."

Every study (that was not funded by the music or film industries) has reached similar conclusion. File sharing/piracy/illegal downloading has been good for arts and culture, artists and fans. A sane person would think that the entertainment industry's war on fans was nearly over. Sadly, it appears that  sane people aren't in charge. The MPAA, RIAA and their allies are starting to sound more and more like climate change deniers or creationists but they still have the massive revenues generated by file sharing to fight file sharing with.
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