Surprise! Downloading doesn’t hurt record sales. Double Surprise! The information comes from a study commissioned by the record industry (albeit, Canadian).
As we previously reported, the Consumer Study of Radio and Music Survey found:
- Downloading makes up for less than one-third of the music on downloaders’ computers’.
- Downloaders often test run songs on P2P [peer to peer] services before buying.
- The largest downloading demographic is also the largest music buying demographic.
Finally, proof: pirating saves lives.
At least, those were the conclusions Michael Geist, the Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, drew after reading the report and published on his blog. The commission responded to his posting and accused him of selective interpretation.
Thus reaffirming that pirating, does after all, lead to prenatal crack addiction.
Read the study for yourself (click Appendix A).