An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist summarizes
an important new study on file sharing from economists Felix
Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf. The Harvard Business School working paper
finds that given the increase in artistic production along with the
access conclude that 'weaker copyright protection, it seems, has
benefited society.' The authors point out that file sharing may not
reduced incentives to create if the willingness to pay for
'complements' such as concerts or author speaking tours increases."