Post Tagged with: "peer-to-peer"

Report Shows Canada Declining As Source of P2P Infringement Claims

BayTSP, a U.S. firm that identifies and tracks copyright content on behalf of major movie and music interests, has released its annual report on online trends (the study is not online, but they did send me a copy and Ars Technica, Torrent Freak, and P2PNet have reports).  The report is […]

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May 14, 2009 7 comments News

Gov’t Commissioned Study Finds P2P Downloaders Buy More Music

A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) –  there is a positive correlation between peer-to-peer downloading and CD purchasing.  The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study For Industry Canada was conducted collaboratively by two professors from the University of London, Industry Canada, and Decima Research, who surveyed over 2,000 Canadians on their music downloading and purchasing habits.  The authors believe this is the first ever empirical study to employ representative microeconomic data.

The two key findings:

  • When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was "a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing.  That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases." The study estimates that 12 additional P2P downloads per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.
  • When viewed in the aggreggate (ie. the entire Canadian population), there is no direct relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchases in Canada.  According to the study authors, "the analysis of the entire Canadian population does not uncover either a positive or negative relationship between the number of files downloaded from P2P networks and CDs purchased. That is, we find no direct evidence to suggest that the net effect of P2P file sharing on CD purchasing is either positive or negative for Canada as a whole."

Bear in mind, this is not a study with a particular desired outcome or sponsor – it is the government commissioning independent research to help it make better policy decisions.  The results of that research, consistent with earlier Canadian Heritage sponsored study by Shelley Stein-Sacks that refused to blame P2P for the industry's problems, is that P2P actually increases CD sales since those that download also tend to buy more music. 

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November 2, 2007 187 comments News

Bill C-60 User Guide: Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

I was not planning to deal specifically with file sharing since there is no "file sharing" provision in the bill. Since the issue continues to dominate discussion, however, (in no small part because the government itself has emphasized the issue) it may be useful to highlight the provisions that appear relevant to the question of file sharing.

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June 21, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

The OECD on P2P and Record Sales

The OECD this morning released a much anticipated study on digital music. The study, which is worth reading just for the detailed review of online music services and statistical review of music sales, contains some important conclusions about the impact of P2P on record sales. In short, the study concludes […]

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June 13, 2005 Comments are Disabled News
Piercing the peer-to-peer myths: An examination of the Canadian Experience

Piercing the peer-to-peer myths: An examination of the Canadian Experience

Piercing the Peer-to-Peer Myths: An Examination of the Canadian Experience, First Monday, volume 10, number 4 (April 2005) (2005)

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May 1, 2005 2 comments Scholarship