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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > CD Sales in Canada

CD Sales in Canada

CD Sales in Canada

Added: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
As you know, there’s been lots of controversy on the question of file-sharing and how this activity affected the entertainment industry. There were a lot of studies, some of which claimed that the file-sharing is actually helping with sales, while others claimed the exact opposite. Recently, another study was conducted on how file-sharing affected CD sales in Canada by Birgitte Andersen, a Danish academic working in the UK.

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However, the first survey on this issue was taken in 2006 by an economics professor Liebowitz at the University of Texas. His study was highly regarded, and after a look into file-sharing, he came to a conclusion that it had seriously harmed the recording industry. A year before, Professor also criticized the idea that unauthorized file-sharing helped copyright holders.

Still, not everybody agreed with his opinion, including Birgitte Andersen. Her study was first published by Industry Canada’s official website four years, titled “The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music”. It has confirmed that a P2P file-sharing actually tends to increase rather than decrease music purchasing.

After Andersen’s study was published, Michael Geist labeled it as a “must read” and concluded that the music industry had benefited from peer-to-peer, so there was no emergency that necessitates legislative intervention to reform the Copyright Act. Geist continued to defend and praise Birgitte Andersen, particularly after her paper was scrutinized by Liebowitz who claimed that her report was a result not just implausible but even impossible to be true.

Then, in March 2010, Andersen withdrew her initial claim by publishing a revised report in collaboration with her co-author Marion Frenz. They concluded that there was no association between the number of P2P files downloaded and CD album sales, so peer-to-peer file-sharing can’t be blamed for the decline in CD markets.

Finally, last week, professor George Barker at the Australia’s National University published a study based on Birgitte Andersen’s two surveys, where he said that her findings were “fundamentally flawed”. The most interesting fact is that Industry Canada is still keeping Andersen’s original study on their official website, even though it was abandoned by the author and also proved to be wrong by both Liebowitz and Barker.


By:
SaM
August 30th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, August 30th, 2012



Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2012-08-30 19:04:04)
Crashman_123 avatarThe area they SHOULD be concentrating is the correlation between CD music sales and DIGITAL music sales! Most people don't like ALL the songs on every album they buy, but tolerate them for the songs they want. DIGITAL downloads from music sales sites allows them to purchase only the songs they WANT, not what the record company foists off on us.

Granted, the P2P issue has an impact on BOTH, mainly detrimental, but it also BENEFITS most of the newer groups and artists who are promoting their own music, instead of paying a studio 50-80%+ to do it for them. (Needless to say some music studios and organizations are really pi55ed about this turn of events, as their music profits have plummeted recently.)

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posted by ET junkie (2012-08-30 21:04:53)
daveindanorth avatarWell, David Baskin of the CMRRA lobbied the government to add a surcharge or levy to all blank CD sales and it was adopted by the Canadian government. All CD sales include said surcharge or levy which the CMRRA distributes as a royalty to artists. So if you burn music that has been downloaded onto a CD that you paid for in Canada, you are paying royalties. Check the rules and laws yourself. Actually, they are teaching this in universities and colleges, and have been for the last 4 years.

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posted by (2012-08-30 21:32:23)
Biggest_Baddest_Wolf avatardaveindanorth, here in the Netherlands there is a similar charge on blank media, yet it's not widely mentioned by "the powers that be" because on top of this charge, they still stick the copyright hounds on us to milk us even further.

A Dutch website about it explains it quite clearly, unfortunately I was lazy and just put it through Google Translate so some of the translation may have suffered grammatically, but in a few key points I've fixed some of that after Google was done violating Dutch grammar:
"Consumers pay for this private copying an indirect compensation: the price of each blank CD or DVD contains an amount intended for the copyright holders. This is regulated by Article 16 of the Copyright Act, which states that for transferring a copy onto blank media, such as video, blank DVD's and CD's, a fee must be paid. This means the composers, musicians and producers are remunerated for their artistic achievement. That's only fair: by copying it they sell less CDs and DVDs."

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posted by Blocked (2012-08-31 19:20:41)
skreamer avatarWhat next? A tax on VHS cassettes ;p

OK that was a translation above but interesting word "intended" rather than "goes directly to".

On the subject matter, I've always said i will buy a CD if I feel its 'worth it'. I would only torrent something I'd NOT be buying - so i would not be affecting sales in any shape or form even as an active P2Per.



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