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September 23, 2017, 08:01:02 AM

EU Study Hidden For Two Years Concluded That Digital Piracy Doesn't Affect Sales

It's hard for many of us to trust the studies that seem to come out on a daily basis covering a variety of topics. You can find studies on the same subject that come down on completely different sides of the topic depending on who funded them. You might expect a study commissioned by the European Commission (EC) to be made public no matter what the results were, but that certainly wasn't the case with an EC study conducted back in 2015 looking into a link between digital piracy and the decline in legal sales.

Why was the report unpublished to the public for two years? The reason is simple: the study found no link between illegal downloads and a reduction in legitimate purchases of digital goods across several categories. In fact, the study found that sales of games specifically increased in the face of piracy. The takeaway with that little factoid is that developers putting microtransactions into their games has led pirates to actually buy the games they download illegally.


The final takeaway of the report is that there is no robust statistical evidence that piracy costs content makers sales. The real concern for many here is that the EC sat on the results for two years because the study didn't fit the narrative it wanted to draw of piracy being a menace and costing companies money, and thereby workers' jobs. In fact, the only reason we even know about this study now is because of an official request by a member of the EU called Julia Reda.

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September 23, 2017, 03:32:34 PM

Yeah doesn't suprise me really.. they just want to centralize power to the EU parlement so that our country's parliments become obsolete and useless against the authority of the central EU which is all about EU Banking.

There are so many flaws with the EU system its beyond mentioning. Meanwhile politicians don't really care about the centralisation of power as they want to make career.

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September 23, 2017, 11:40:04 PM

This doesnt shock me for a second. Thats like saying NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) would conduct a non-bias study on drugs. It just will not happen and things like

these is why we need impartial third parties to run these studies. Therefore the bias is not there and we can actually derive some meaningful conclusions from the results.
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September 24, 2017, 12:35:59 AM

Im under the impression that they dont harm sales because, if there was a service offering quick streaming games etc, it would be shut down
And legitimate sources of that exist, more more convenient. Or maybe humans have a inbuilt moral sense and rather buy it if they have the means
 Granted I didn't read the 300page study... So someone who did can tell me

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September 24, 2017, 02:08:16 AM

It is a no-brainer. Those who could afford a Blu Ray movie would purchase it from the market. Only the teens, who can't afford to do that will try to download it through torrents. So even if the torrent sites are shut down, it is not going to boost the sale of these movies and games.

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December 14, 2017, 02:11:57 PM

I have always suspected that, because people who pirate things are not the same that they would buy them if they had to pay them.

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