Does Piracy Impact Sales? Not How You Might Think! | American Libraries Magazine | Library & Information Science |

"Those dirty thieves pirating digital music are killing the whole music industry—or at least that is the reality that the music industry would have you believe. But can the music industry actually back up those claims with evidence? A new study by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, “Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data,” actually found that “digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format.” In other words, the claims of piracy-driven doom and gloom in the music industry (even as digital revenues grew 8% in 2011) are really just a swashbuckling tale."