Archive for May, 2010

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May
10

how bad is music file sharing? – part 1

The Dutch study is based on a representative survey of 1,500 Dutch internet users, capturing their behavior and motives in downloading music, films and games, but it also investigated their purchasing behavior related to music, DVDs and games. Although the authors found out that music producers and publishers suffered revenue losses due to file sharing of about EUR 100 million a year, the welfare gains totalled around annually EUR 200 million in the Netherlands. Continue reading ‘how bad is music file sharing? – part 1′

29
May
10

GAO report on the economic impact of “piracy”

In April 2010 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to the Committee of Judiciary of the U.S. Senate as well as House of Representatives entitled Intellectual Property. Observations on Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. Although the report is foced on counterfeiting it also deals with the infringement of intellectual property right (aka “digital piracy”). In the following you can read more about the key findings of the report. Continue reading ‘GAO report on the economic impact of “piracy”’

06
May
10

The Radiohead Revolution?

The British alternative rock band Radiohead caused a sensation when they announced on their website on October 1, 2007 that the new album In Rainbows was completed and would be released in 10 days for free. Fans were instructed to obtain a registration code in order to download the new album in MP3-format. Music consumers were left to determine the price on their own – ranging from US$ 0.00 to US $ 99.99. The response was overwhelming, and within a few weeks more than 1.2 million downloads were counted. According to the Internet market research firm comScore, 38% of the fans paid an average of US $ 6 per album, which resulted in US$ 2.4 million in revenue. Is this business model really as revolutionary as it appears at first sight? Continue reading ‘The Radiohead Revolution?’




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