EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn't hurt sales

In 2013, the European Commission ordered a €360,000 ($430,000) study on how piracy affects sales of music, books, movies and games in the EU. However, it never ended up showing it to the public except for one cherry-picked section. That's possibly because the study concluded that there was no evidence that piracy affects copyrighted sales, and in the case of video games, might actually help them.

The study:

All in all, the estimated loss for recent top films is 5 per cent of current sales volumes.

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[... a] decrease in the price level would not change piracy rates for books, music and games but that
rices can have an effect on displacement rates for films and TV-series.

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The result is that all this DRM and spying and nonsense hoops around copyrighted content means jack shit and contributes fuck all to society, while maybe adding a rounding error amount of money to feed the Owner-Lords.

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@cadadr Meanwhile DRM means I won't pay you for your media, I'll probably not even watch it!

Instead I'm more than happy listening to Wolf359, The Red Panda Adventures, Wolf359, & more! Or watching Blender's charming shorts, reading Pepper & Carrot, etc.

Still a rounding error, but people like me could still counteract the rounding error gained from the use of DRM.

@alcinnz The problem is, the rounding error on their side is probably the surplus, and it's apparently good enough to warrant murdering music and cinema.

@cadadr Unfortunately! Wish I knew how to destroy these anti-circumvention laws.

The best way I know of is to share the joy of shows like ars Paradoxica, The Bright Sessions, Welcome to Night Vale, Old Gods of Appalachia, etc. Getting more people to listen not because they're more ethically distributed or have more leftist morals, but rather of the incredible writing, voice acting!

Locally NZ's interpretation of these international commitments is interesting & the best I can hope for.


Locally NZ's interpretation of these international commitments is interesting & the best I can hope for.

Could you expand that a bit more? Are they less strict about enforcing toxic copyright / IP?

@cadadr Our anti-circumvention provision says "you're only guilty of this if you're actually breaking copyright." with defeating region locks being explicitly called out as legal.

Doesn't make much difference to most people though, the IP propaganda is that strong. And the John Key (right-wing money trader) government did rush through a heavily-protested "3 strikes" law in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes.

@cadadr Honestly DRM is WHY we'd pirate shit. Because we /can't/ buy it and own it.

@IceWolf it also suuuuuucks. Netflix's UI sucks. Spotify sucks. Tidal sucks even worse.

I give you money you give me music. Simple. But no, never. Weird low res videos. An incredibly shitty and slow app.

Just nothing's worth neither the price nor giving up the ownership.

@cadadr bought a book yesterday that I can't read because I need to download a license and run it through adobe digital editions, but for some reason when I try adding the license file into ADE it just crashes instead

I kinda just wanna burn it all down atm

@cadadr but if you look at new German laws... Privacy is bad for the government... So they will end cryptography in communication

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