File-Sharing Boosts Creation of New Hit Music, Research Finds

New research published by Tulane University Law Professor Glynn Lunney shows that online piracy is linked to the creation of more hit music. The increase in output can be attributed to existing artists, who make up for a decline in new hits from newcomers. This counter-intuitive finding suggests that file-sharing advances the core purpose of copyright, and that it should be permitted under copyright law.Since the emergence of peer-to-peer file-sharing in 1999 music sales have dropped by more than half.The RIAA and other industry players link these billion dollar losses to online piracy, claiming that more has to be done to protect their copyrights.

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