The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies examined the online habits of 16,000 Europeans.
They also found that freely streamed music provided a small boost to sales figures.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said the research was “flawed and misleading”. [Of course they think so… because anyone that has music they didn’t pay for would have paid for it if there was no option to pirate… right???]
“It seems that the majority of the music that is consumed illegally by the individuals in our sample would not have been purchased if illegal downloading websites were not available to them,” wrote the researchers in their report, Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data.
“Although there is trespassing of private property rights (copyrights), there is unlikely to be much harm done on digital music revenues,” they added.
The team analysed data over the course of one year.
They also found that music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora gave a small boost to music sales.
There are many artists and bands that offer music for free. Radiohead benefited from cutting out the parasitic middlemen of record labels by allowing listeners to pay what they want… Anton of Brian Jonestown Massacre. has in the past, made all music available for free… yet he (and his band) are highly influential and regarded within and outside of the industry.
But these labels have purchased political power and influence through the use of… LOBBIES. Yet another misuse of public trust and government servants (who ought be serving you, not business interests)… and yet another reminder that lobbies need be obliterated from the political landscape.