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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society 326

Posted by samzenpus
from the free-is-good dept.
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 greater public access conclude that 'weaker copyright protection, it seems, has benefited society.' The authors point out that file sharing may not result in reduced incentives to create if the willingness to pay for 'complements' such as concerts or author speaking tours increases."
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

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  • by Boetsj (1247700) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @05:15AM (#28371247)
    A similar study has been conducted before in the Netherlands: [weblogs3.nrc.nl] Downloading benefits the Dutch economy (in Dutch, Google Translation [74.125.77.132]). This study had been ordered by the department of Education, Culture and Science, the department of Economic Affairs and the Justice department.

    A downloaded movie, CD or game is not equal to a product not sold, say the researchers. Also, "Amongst downloaders of music and film, the percentage of buyers is as high as with non-downloaders, in games, the percentage of buyers even higher. Music downloaders are also more likely to concerts and buy more merchandise. Downloaders buy more games than gamers who never downloaded and movies downloaders buy more DVDs than non-downloaders."
  • Re:Pointless (Score:3, Informative)

    by addsalt (985163) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @06:59AM (#28371787)

    "Polis" which means "great gathering of lobbyists"

    What? Did you just make that up? If politicians are nothing but lobbyists, whom exactly would they be lobbying?

    Polis is the greek word for their contemporary city/state. Politics would be things "of the state" (e.g. governance).

  • Copyright Clause (Score:4, Informative)

    by MickyTheIdiot (1032226) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @08:22AM (#28372297) Homepage Journal

    "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

    I wish people would actually read the constitution.

    "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts," : not to promote the interests of monied pockets of power.

    "securing limited Time to Authors and Inventors," : limited time (we've gone over this time and time again), but *Authors* and *Inventors*

    The people that wrote the constitution were damn smart people. Too bad we stopped listening. Copyright is supposed to benefit all of us so of course a limited copyright span that balances the rights of *Authors* (not Corporations) vs. the public is the best. Here's to another study that didn't need to be done.

  • Re:Err.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by AtomicJake (795218) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @09:16AM (#28372823)

    [...], Picasso all died more or less penniless,

    How wrong! Picasso was probably one of the commercially most successful artists. His fortune has been estimated at $50m. [bbc.co.uk]

  • Re:So what? (Score:4, Informative)

    by mcvos (645701) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @09:48AM (#28373167)

    You know, that's something I just simply don't understand: Why don't they bundle some crap with the CDs? Cheap trinkets that cost close to zero but make the fans happy?

    Don't you already get that? Most CDs come with a booklet with lyrics and photos of the artists, and they're often little works of art in themselves. It's one of the reasons why I prefer real CDs over downloads.

    But then again, they don't even include booklets anymore in CDs,

    They don't? Since when? I admit it's been a couple of month since I've bought a new CD, but usually it's only the really old albums that don't come with a booklet.

  • Re:Pointless (Score:5, Informative)

    by T Murphy (1054674) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @10:12AM (#28373545) Journal
    Citation goes to Mark Twain I believe.

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