According to the BBC today, a report published by the European Commission Joint Research Committee claims that music web piracy does not harm legitimate sales. Finally … some evidence to dispel the garbage surrounding the alleged harmful effects of piracy on the legitimate entertainment/media industry.
It seems that the majority of the music that is consumed illegally by the individuals in our sample would not have been purchased if illegal downloading websites were not available to them
The whole argument, concocted by the media and software industry, is based on the rather ambitious assumption that the person who has copied/ripped/cracked their product would have bought it if they couldn’t have copied/ripped/cracked it.
The music industry are, understandably, extremely critical of the report saying that “The findings seem disconnected from commercial reality“. I’m not sure what commercial reality they are referring to but maybe it’s something to do with the hypothesis that every single track downloaded is money lost. I, for one, think this is simply not true.