Study: Piracy is good for the music industry?

According to a new study recently conducted by British researchers in the name of Industry Canada, people who download music online usually do it to get a preview before purchasing the album. Strangely, even though the report was release a few days ago, it bears the date of May 4, 2007. The study is based on data that dates back to 2005.

If we’re to believe this study, for every two albums downloaded illegally, one is purchased by someone convinced (by the download) the CD is worth buying. This means that for each one percent increase in illegal downloads, an additional four percent go to legal music sales in the Canadian market.

Is there anyone here that cares to express himself on the matter? Do you think that by downloading music on the Internet, you are actually helping the music industry?

For those of you interested in looking at this report, it can be downloaded on Industry Canada’s Web site.

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8 Responses to Study: Piracy is good for the music industry?

  1. Well, that applies for Canada and some few other developed countries. But it’s something absolutely different for most of other countries.

    Many people would rather spend some time on finding a copy of the CD they want on net then paying money for the original CD.

  2. Well, that applies for Canada and some few other developed countries. But it's something absolutely different for most of other countries.

    Many people would rather spend some time on finding a copy of the CD they want on net then paying money for the original CD.

  3. In my music collection I’d rather have the CD(album) rather than just a copy of it. Sometimes downloading a song or viewing a video found on youtube(or equivalent) has influenced me to purchase CD’s. To me downloading a song is almost the same as hearing it on the radio. It’s almost a form of advertising a product to influence consumers. The music industry I believe is shooting itself in the foot in some ways with lawsuits and such. Granted artists should be paid for there work but if no one is interested or hears your product they are less likely to buy.The music industry should also work to lower the price of new CD’s which I believe to be a ridiculous prices. I usually buy used off Amazon or somewhere else. I’ve rarely bought brand new.Just my two-cents.

  4. In my music collection I'd rather have the CD(album) rather than just a copy of it. Sometimes downloading a song or viewing a video found on youtube(or equivalent) has influenced me to purchase CD's. To me downloading a song is almost the same as hearing it on the radio. It's almost a form of advertising a product to influence consumers. The music industry I believe is shooting itself in the foot in some ways with lawsuits and such. Granted artists should be paid for there work but if no one is interested or hears your product they are less likely to buy.The music industry should also work to lower the price of new CD's which I believe to be a ridiculous prices. I usually buy used off Amazon or somewhere else. I've rarely bought brand new.Just my two-cents.

  5. The main issue with piracy will always be the cost of “the real thing”. For example here in Portugal, a typical CD costs about 15€ (or 20$) in a country where the average salary is around 600$ a month. So as good intentions go they always collide with the money issue. Imagine in poorer countries the piracy issue and how is related with income. Therefore this study sould really not apply everywhere.

  6. The main issue with piracy will always be the cost of "the real thing". For example here in Portugal, a typical CD costs about 15€ (or 20$) in a country where the average salary is around 600$ a month. So as good intentions go they always collide with the money issue. Imagine in poorer countries the piracy issue and how is related with income. Therefore this study sould really not apply everywhere.

  7. I think, despite the complexities of the matter, a very obvious and simple point is that the music industry should be using this tool to their benefit. You can’t fight the entire computer using world. So turn the problem into a solution. If you had a similar system to free-ware, say, for instance, you could download songs or albums, and if you liked them, buy them. Make it easy for us, and we will support artists we like. The only people who have something to fear from this are the bad guys who want you to buy crappy over-hyped music, and become ridiculously wealthy. The first forward thinking company to really make this new platform work will be the survivor of this new piracy war.

  8. I think, despite the complexities of the matter, a very obvious and simple point is that the music industry should be using this tool to their benefit. You can't fight the entire computer using world. So turn the problem into a solution. If you had a similar system to free-ware, say, for instance, you could download songs or albums, and if you liked them, buy them. Make it easy for us, and we will support artists we like. The only people who have something to fear from this are the bad guys who want you to buy crappy over-hyped music, and become ridiculously wealthy. The first forward thinking company to really make this new platform work will be the survivor of this new piracy war.

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