Evidence of the Effect of Free Music Downloads on the Purchase of Music CDs in Canada

24 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2013  

George Barker

Australian National University (ANU), Centre for Law and Economics

Date Written: December 12, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines data on the effects of Internet peer-to peer (P2P) file sharing activities on music purchasing. The data was obtained from a survey commissioned by Industry Canada to “inform Industry Canada’s policy development work” regarding copyright law reform in Canada. The paper focuses on an important survey question which has not yet been analysed. Analysis of survey responses suggests that P2P file-sharing is a substitute for legitimate music purchases and has strong negative effects on legitimate music purchases. This contradicts the results of earlier analysis of the data commissioned by Industry Canada first published on Industry Canada’s website in 2007 (Andersen and Frenz, 2007), and then subsequently revised and republished as Andersen and Frenz (2010).

Suggested Citation

Barker, George, Evidence of the Effect of Free Music Downloads on the Purchase of Music CDs in Canada (December 12, 2012). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 2012, 9(2), 55-78. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2216202

George Barker (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU), Centre for Law and Economics ( email )

Faculty of Law, Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia
+61405 394 193 (Phone)

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