Heritage study on effect of P2P

by on September 2, 2004

FYI, Heritage last week released a new report by Norbert Michel on the effects of file-sharing on music sales. His conclusion:

Despite both sides’ positions, the research thus far does not show a clear effect on record sales from file sharing. Does this mean that P2P is harmless? Not necessarily. There are many reasons why P2P’s impact may not have appeared in empirical data, and there are valid reasons why P2P remains a threat to the music industry.

Michel goes on to discuss the shortcomings of the existing data on the issue. He, by the way, is a research analyst with Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, and wrote his PHD dissertation on the file-sharing issue.

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