The RIAA has published a statement welcoming the shutdown of storage service Megaupload, and saying it should send some new users to legal services. The statement, by its VP of strategic data analysis Joshua Friedlander, points to research by NPD Group and Nielsen on the previous closure of LimeWire. “Digital music sales that had been flagging jumped in the month immediately after the Limewire shutdown, and have remained stronger ever since,” writes Friedlander. “Although some contingent of users remain fixated on stealing music rather than using any of the myriad legal – and often free – services available, we have seen strong evidence that many users quickly switch to legal sources… Collectively, this evidence strongly suggests that the shutdown of illegal sites helps create a thriving and diverse digital marketplace. It encourages users to go to legitimate sites, and enables great new services to be launched.”

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