Piracy and Demands for Films: Analysis of Piracy Behavior in French Universities
Telecom Paris Working Paper No. 06-12
30 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2006
Date Written: October 2006
The purpose of this article is to identify which, if any, segments of the movie business have suffered from digital piracy. We use a sample of 620 university-members including undergraduate students, graduate students and professors to assess the effect of digital piracy on legal demand. A large percentage of respondents get pirated movies from a variety of channels (on P2P networks, intranet, by physical means...). Surprisingly, approximately one third of the pirates declared that watching pirated movies increased their demand for films (for instance, it led them to rent or purchase videos that they would not have rented or purchased otherwise). Using regressions analysis, we find no impact of piracy on theater attendance, and a strong impact on video rentals and purchases. However, movie piracy has no impact on video rentals for respondents who use pre-paid pricing schemes at video-stores.
Keywords: piracy, movie industry, video
JEL Classification: C30, D12,K42, L82
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