European Union covers up study that reveals piracy doesn't harm sales

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The study has just been made public because one of the members of European Parliament Julia Reda published the report on her personal page on the internet saying that "the EU Commission "forgot" to tell us" about it. Reda got ahold of a copy of the report through an EU Freedom of Information access to document request. Then, she posted the report to her blog.

THE BODS AT THE European Commission has been accused of burying a report into piracy and its effect on industry and artists because it did not produce the negative result that it was looking for.

"In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements". It continued by saying that it does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but statistical analysis does not reveal that there is an effect.

The study does note that recently released blockbusters are an exception to this rule, but point out that the estimated loss in revenue in this particular case is only five percent.

The researchers found that for films and TV series, current prices are higher than what 80% of illegal downloaders and streamers are willing to pay. That means that an increase in price is unlikely to make someone more likely to pirate a game - if they want to pay, they will, and if they don't, they might pirate it instead.

EU Report on Piracy Suppressed?

Amusing that. Reda said that this is not the first evidence to suggest that this is the case, and questioned what would motivate her peers to suppress the findings.

The debate over whether piracy affects the sales of copyrighted materials, such as books, games, and movies, has been the subject of much controversy over the last few decades. "Such data that is valuable both financially and in terms of its applicability should be available to everyone when it is financed by the European Union - it should not be gathering dust on a shelf until someone actively requests it".

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