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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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  • People have been suggesting this for a while. Artists want to create and be seen/heard/read. And, at least in music, very few artists make their money from store sales. They spend so much time on the road because that's where the money is, tickets and merch; especially merch. There are numerous bands I would have never even heard of if it weren't for free downloads, but now that I have, I'll go check them out live and buy a CD directly from them.

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