Japanese Study Proved Streaming Promotes SalesAdded: Friday, February 11th, 2011
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There have been lots of debates over the statistics related to illegal file-sharing and its impact on the industry, but the basic questions about the issue usually have nothing to do with what has happened, but rather with what might have happened. This means that the real question is how many and which purchases didn’t happen due to the existence of free alternatives, and how much would the industry lose if the pirate networks hadn’t made sharing that easy. Nonetheless, these questions will never be answered with full confidence.
However, the researchers go on conducting new studies of the issue, including investigation of its potential effects. The most recent study has been conducted in Japan over the Japanese TV animation programs. The researchers from The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo has examined what effect the streaming of programs on YouTube and its Japanese fellow called Winny had on sales and rentals of the content, and finally came to some tentative conclusions.
The results of the study that involved 105 anime episodes revealed that Youtube viewing had no negative effect on DVD rentals, while even having a positive effect on sales on the first place. As for file-sharing, it did have negative effect on DVD rentals, but never affected DVD sales. In other words, online streaming is proved to be a promotion tool for DVD sales.
The results of the research could be a clear statement in favor of developing distribution channels to get rid of prosecuting file-sharers, but as it usually happens with any study related to piracy, there were too many other questions to be so sure. First of all, we can’t know if the trend seen in the case of anime is true to other industries. It’s unknown whether the anime fans act in a same way as general TV and movie fans. Similarly, we don’t know if Japanese fans act just like American or European ones. The study also doesn’t specify whether it refers to specific kinds of anime only or could be applied to animation in general. The main question of how this kind of illegal downloading affects music and movies also doesn’t have a direct answer.
Actually, it seems like regardless of how rigorous and scientific any study related to piracy may be, the entertainment industry will always get far more questions ready instead of changing its outdated business model right away.
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