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Old Oct 2nd 2017, 07:20 PM
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Default EU finds piracy doesn't harm sales

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The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

The Dutch firm Ecory was commissioned to research the impact of piracy for several months, eventually submitting a 304-page report to the EU in May 2015. The report concluded that: “In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements. That does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but only that the statistical analysis does not prove with sufficient reliability that there is an effect.”

The report found that illegal downloads and streams can actually boost legal sales of games, according to the report. The only negative link the report found was with major blockbuster films:“The results show a displacement rate of 40 percent which means that for every ten recent top films watched illegally, four fewer films are consumed legally.”

The study has only come to light now because Julia Reda, a Member of the European Parliament representing the German Pirate Party, posted the report on her personal blog after she got ahold of a copy through an EU Freedom of Information access to document request.
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I'm sure everyone is absolutely SHOCKED by this revelation!

I think copyright laws on cultural products are a joke. The internet has shown that huge numbers of people are ready and willing to make and distribute cultural products for free, which calls into question the very logic of copyright on cultural products in the first place. Supposedly creators of such content MUST have copyright protection because they'd never produce the product without such protection. But millions of people do exactly that.

I'm willing to tolerate copyright laws, but only with severely reduced timeframes and limitations upon the transferablity of said rights. For the most part, I consider such laws to be toxic and have nothing to do with protecting/enhancing/supporting creativity and everything to do with rent-seeking corporations.
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