The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report criticising the methodology used in many of the studies suggesting that piracy is having a destructive effect on movie and music revenues. It also refers to the often-discussed theory that “Consumers may use pirated goods to ‘sample’ music, movies, software, or electronic games before purchasing legitimate copies”. RIAA spokesperson Jonathan Lamy has already hit back: “There’s no doubt that the music industry has declined significantly over the last 10 years. Countless studies have blamed this on the fact that millions of people have been getting their music for free online” Source: CNET

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