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    Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show

    This is a discussion on Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show within the P2P / File sharing forums, part of the General chat category; Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show | TorrentFreak The London School of Economics and Political Science has released ...

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      Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show

      Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show | TorrentFreak
      The London School of Economics and Political Science has released a new policy brief urging the UK Government to look beyond the lobbying efforts of the entertainment industry when it comes to future copyright policy. According to the report there is ample evidence that file-sharing is helping, rather than hurting the creative industries. The scholars call on the Government to look at more objective data when deciding on future copyright enforcement policies.

      Over the past years there have been ample research reports showing that file-sharing can have positive effects on the entertainment industries. Industry lobbyists are often quick to dismiss these findings as incidents or weak research, and counter them with expensive studies they have commissioned themselves.

      The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) jumps into the discussion this week with a media policy brief urging the UK Government to look beyond the reports lobbyists hand to them. Their report concludes that the entertainment industry isnít devastated by piracy, and that sharing of culture has several benefits.

      ďContrary to the industry claims, the music industry is not in terminal decline, but still holding ground and showing healthy profits. Revenues from digital sales, subscription services, streaming and live performances compensate for the decline in revenues from the sale of CDs or records,Ē says Bart Cammaerts, LSE Senior Lecturer and one of the reportís authors.

      The report shows that the entertainment industries are actually doing quite well. The digital gaming industry is thriving, the publishing sector is stable, and the U.S. film industry is breaking record after record.

      ďDespite the Motion Picture Association of Americaís (MPAA) claim that online piracy is devastating the movie industry, Hollywood achieved record-breaking global box office revenues of $35 billion in 2012, a 6% increase over 2011,Ē the report reads.

      Even the music industry is doing relatively well. Revenue from concerts, publishing and digital sales has increased significantly since the early 2000s and while recorded music revenues show a decline, there is little evidence that piracy is the lead cause.

      ďThe music industry may be stagnating, but the drastic decline in revenues warned of by the lobby associations of record labels is not in evidence,Ē the report concludes.

      The authors further argue that file-sharing can actually benefit the creative industries in various ways.

      The report mentions the success of the SoundCloud service where artists can share their work for free through Creative Commons licenses, the promotional effect of YouTube where copyrighted songs are shared to promote sales, and the fact that research shows that file-sharers actually spend more money on entertainment than those who donít share.

      ďWithin the creative industries there is a variety of views on the best way to benefit from online sharing practices, and how to innovate to generate revenue streams in ways that do not fit within the existing copyright enforcement regime,Ē the authors write.

      Finally, the report shows that punitive enforcement strategies such as the three strikes law in France are not as effective as the entertainment industries claim.

      The researchers hope that the U.K. Government will review the Digital Economy Act in this light, and make sure that it will take into account the interests of both the public and copyright holders.

      This means expanding fair use and private copying exceptions for citizens, while targeting enforcement on businesses rather than individuals.

      ďWe recommend a review of the DEA and related legislation that strikes a healthy balance among the interests of a range of stakeholders including those in the creative industries, Internet Service Providers and internet users.Ē

      ďWhen both [the creative industries and citizens] can exploit the full potential of the internet, this will maximize innovative content creation for the benefit of all stakeholders,Ē the authors write.
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      Re: Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show

      Hmmm.......For quite a while, IMO, the complete tosh marketed by the entertainment industries has not been worth the trouble of downloading.

      So I reckon The Entertainment Industries are actually killing Piracy

      And shooting themselves in the foot to boot

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      Re: Piracy Isnít Killing The Entertainment Industry, Scholars Show

      There will be some loss of direct sales due to someone downloading a series, but what they fail to appreciate IMHO (and in my unsubstantiated opinion) is that it helps to promote the very same TV Series, Artist or Film.

      IMHO this in turn creates far more real interest and people are more likely to purchase the CD, DVD, Blu-ray or download a legitimate copy from Amazon, iTunes or some other on-line retailer.

      I suppose you could liken it to the samples/tasters which you sometimes get to try in your local supermarkets. Not everyone buys the cheese or wine, but I would expect the sales of the product to rise a little during the promotion and fr a period afterwards.

      Sure there is the TV, Cinema and Radio, but not everyone catches something the first time around. How any people watch Buffy from series 1 or were interested in yet another Star Trek series when Voyager was launched? They has to 'sex up' both series to get the ratings up.

      Today a lot of new musicians use the tools available on the Internet to promote their material. It does get them noticed, but there is a limit.

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