Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The true cost of music piracy in USA

Check out this link from the RIAA website 'Who Music Theft Hurts' to find a 'credible' study from 2007 on the economic impact of music piracy.

Typical of much research into this aspect of music piracy, it makes some bold claims (with big numbers).

As discussed throughout the short history of this blog, piracy is very difficult to measure. It is for this reason that estimates are used when calculating figures. Interestingly, this particular study draws from figures generated 'based primarily on a review of confidential sources' (p. 7).

Without transparency, it can't be taken seriously.

Given the challenges facing music piracy researchers though, will this ever be possible?

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