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P2P Not Guilty Your For Music Business Woes?

October 8, 2007

This is a very interesting article from Ars Technica on a study that claims that the P2P’s influence on the demise of the music business is not legitimate as we thought.

A new study in the Journal of Political Economy by Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf has found that illegal music downloads have had no noticeable effects on the sale of music, contrary to the claims of the recording industry.
Entitled “The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis,” the study matched an extensive sample of music downloads to American music sales data in order to search for causality between illicit downloading and album sales. Analyzing data from the final four months of 2002, the researchers estimated that P2P affected no more than 0.7% of sales in that timeframe.

Here is the rest of the article.

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