Will Mp3 Downloads Annihilate the Record Industry? The Evidence so Far
Stan J. Liebowitz
University of Texas at Dallas - School of Management - Department of Finance & Managerial Economics
This paper investigates the impact of unauthorized downloading of MP3 files on the recording industry. Although the no longer extant Napster was the most famous system used for such downloading, its progeny have continued to allow millions of music listeners to download music (and other) files without remuneration to the copyright owners. Using data on the historical sales of prerecorded music I examine in detail the recent decline in record sales and attempt to gauge the importance of various alternative factors that have been put forward to explain this decline. I conclude that the evidence supports a claim that MP3 downloads decrease sales.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Copyright, MP3, Downloads
JEL Classification: K0, L0, L5, L8
Date posted: July 21, 2003