Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows

A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen’s University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.For more than a decade researchers have been looking into the effects of online music piracy on the revenues of the record industry, with mixed results.By now it’s clear that there’s no universal positive or negative effect of piracy on sales. The results depend on the type of artist, music genre and media, among other variables.

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