The latest study of file-sharing behaviour comes from the University of Amsterdam, with a report that aims to identify “the short and long-term economic and cultural effects of file sharing on music, films and games, while taking into account the legal context and policy developments”. Among its conclusions: fear of online piracy prevented the music industry from the digital innovation required to provide appealing legal alternatives. The study also reiterates the link between illegal downloaders and legal buyers, citing a survey claiming that 63% of music downloaders might yet buy the same music, because they love it or want to support the artist. “There is no sharp divide between file sharers and others in their buying behaviour,” claims the report. “On the contrary, when it comes to attending concerts, and expenses on DVDs and games, file sharers are the industry’s largest customers” – although it specifies that this isn’t a ‘causal relationship’. Report link (PDF)

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