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Monday, 28 March 2011 11:04

Study shows that piracy did not hinder quality new music

Written by Nedim Hadzic

Quite the contrary
You’ve seen the scenario countless times – music industry sounds all bells alarming people that quality new music is doomed in this anti-creative and pirate-ridden world. However, a study by economist Joel Waldfogelm shows that rise of file sharing has not had a negative impact on creation of quality new music and artists, quite the contrary, and ultimately reveals the reason for the real reason behind the industry’s inquisitions.

The study ran a comprehensive statistical analysis by crunching numbers from charts and amount of albums that exceed certain quality thresholds and ultimately concluded that pre-Napster and post-Napster periods in no way support the industry’s claims. In fact, it turns out that creative output has actually increased with the rise of file sharing whereas the quality pretty much remained the same.

Furthermore, the study yielded some interesting results that may point at just why the industry is clutching at straws. Namely, the only actual difference prior to and after Napster saga is the rise of independent labels and indie artists.

It indeed makes sense – seeing how major labels squeeze out the last bit of cash from what was once considered to be art, the big boys are in no way interested to see their profits decline. Thus, they resort to hollow arguments in order to gain “moral” justification for stripping individuals of centennial earnings before courts, acting like crusaders of creativity in the process.

We must admit, it’s pretty mind-boggling to see the music industry in its current shape propone creativity. An uninformed (or deaf?) person would think that major labels are the only thing that stands between today and a sad, creativeless and artless world. Unfortunately, one needn’t be hearing endowed to review the artists lists on these creative-crusader major labels, and the real truth of why cash has taken precedence over art lies therein.

Last modified on Monday, 28 March 2011 12:16

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-25 #1 Warhead 2011-03-28 13:08
Don't understand what this article is about...
+26 #2 EVOXSNES 2011-03-28 13:45
...Well its basically about the research of an economist who has dis-proven the anti-piracy industry claims that piracy not only kills profits but also kills creativity... whilst certainly plausible; in practice it has had the opposite effect. Increasing sales and creativity.
+17 #3 SlickR 2011-03-28 14:11
Nice article. Down with the money laundering huge corporate titans.
+7 #4 yourma2000 2011-03-28 16:02
Piracy is wrong yet some major record companies dodging tax which and helping put the whole of the UK in a really deep shit situation is OK?
+14 #5 karlsbad 2011-03-28 17:08
piracy did not hinder quality nearly as much as disco
-4 #6 kartikkg 2011-03-28 19:50
he doesnt expalin hoe piracy helped to increase or maintain the quality! and what does he mean by quality ?
+2 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-28 20:37
In recent news, former RIAA lobbyist and pirate chaser and now the new U.S. District Court Judge Howell overruled a decision which now allows anti-pirate outfits to harass people with money demands or getting sued.
+6 #8 thematrix606 2011-03-28 20:54
"Study shows that piracy did not hinder quality new music"

Quality new music, WHERE?
+2 #9 thomasg 2011-03-29 07:06
Quoting thematrix606:
"Study shows that piracy did not hinder quality new music"

Quality new music, WHERE?

Indie labels
0 #10 God Of Atheism 2011-03-29 08:24
Where can I find the actual article? (instead of a link to something containing the abstract but without a link to the article)

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