TorrentFreak: BitTorrent Piracy Boosts Music Sales, Study Finds

What sets this academic study apart from the rest?

Larger sample size and more accurate data.

The music industry claims that albums which are leaked prior to their release cause them the greatest financial loss:  this study demonstrates that this is simply not true:

‘However, according to the research, sales may actually be hurt by going after these [file sharing] sites. Hammond’s findings suggest that piracy itself acts as a form of advertising similar to radio play and media campaigns, where more downloads result in a moderate increase in sales.’

Let’s not hold our breath hoping for the recording industry will admit its error…

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